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Carmen Papalia: For A New Accessibility

Carmen Papalia:
For A New Accessibility,
A Participatory Workshop on the Topic of
Organizing for Accessibility and Mutual Aid

Saturday, July 23, 2016
11am to 3pm

Monday, July 25, 2016
11am to 3pm

Carmen Papalia Carmen Papalia, White Cane, Amplified, 2015. Image by Philip Lui.

Artist Carmen Papalia conducted two participatory workshops on the topic of organizing for accessibility and mutual aid. Sharing a selection of exercises, writing and documentation from his last several years of practice-based research, Papalia introduced participants to a new, relational model for access, based on assessing the conditions of social environments. Toward this end, he guided participants in unlearning the disabling practices that are at odds with fair, long-term engagement of local marginalized communities – a necessary first step toward realizing accessibility as an open cultural practice, through which those who are in need may claim support that will empower them to thrive.

Canadian artist Carmen Papalia makes participatory, socially engaged projects on the topic of access as it relates to public space, the art institution and visual culture. In early 2015, Papalia served as Artist-in-Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK and at the Model Contemporary Art Centre, Sligo, Ireland, where he assumed the role of Access Coordinator, making site specific interventions in response to the long history of disabling practices at each institution. He recently finished a project in collaboration with Sara Hendran and students from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering to develop an acoustic mobility device. Papalia’s work has been featured as part of exhibitions and engagements at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, the CUE Art Foundation in New York City, the Grand Central Art Center at California State University, Fullerton, the Portland Art Museum, and the Vancouver Art Gallery, among others.

June 2, 2016