disability – social change – imagined futures
The bodyparts exhibition brought together a diverse collection of artworks inspired by the coverage of the Paralympic Games and the representation of disability in the media. Pieces by artists such as James Lake, Tony Heaton OBE, Gemma Nash and Enni-Kukka Tuomala were on display in a variety of media reflecting the artists personal response to the visibility of disabled bodies.
The exhibition took place at the Asia House Gallery in central London from 2nd July – 5th July 2019.
Each of the artworks challenged us to think about progressive social change and question on-going empowerment and dis-empowerment of disabilities. The art moved us to think about progressive social change, the distance travelled, and evoke questions about continued marginalisation and struggle, empowerment and dis-empowerment, ability and dis-ability through a focus on bodily difference, shifting and affective understandings of disability, and wider issues of social justice.
The artworks were commissioned as a response to the PASCCAL research project and the exhibition was curated by Kerrie O’Connell.
For further information about the research behind the project, please see the BU Research website.
Professor Michael Silk from Bournemouth University who led the PASCCAL research project that the artworks are based on said:
“bodyparts provides a window into societal perceptions of disability in our present day; some of the realities for people living with disabilities and some of the future challenges and possibilities to ensure people with disabilities can participate fully in everyday life.”
Please view the multi media project page about bodyparts on the Bournemouth University website for more images, interviews and video: https://stories.bournemouth.ac.uk/bodyparts-exhibition/index.html