Visability art show throws spotlight on disability awareness

By Our Reporter

Wyndham City Council is highlighting awareness about disability and how it is viewed by our society with its new exhibition Visability, opening 27 November.

Visability combines the words visibility and disability to shine a spotlight on the often-hidden experience that comes with living with a disability.

Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio holder Cr Tony Hooper said the exhibition highlighted how culture and systems discriminate against people with a disability, and how discriminatory attitudes and actions are challenged.

“The exhibition is authentic and real with co-curators Pauline Vetuna and Hannah Morphy-Walsh identifying as disabled,” said Cr Hooper.

He announced that on 4 December from 6pm to 8pm the curators will bring insight and perspective during an Artist in Conversation, by explaining the work in Visability, sharing their perspectives and experience in curating this inspiring exhibition.

“Nine incredible artists of various ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds who identify as having a disability, have made the invisible and marginalised, visible through sculpture, design, illustration, painting, installation, photography, origami and video works,” said Cr Hooper.

“For example in Mereani Qalovakawasa’s video works, we see a thriving subculture of creative people with disabilities. In Ngino Amum and Leilani Fuimaono’s portrait photography, people of colour with disabilities are highlighted.”

In keeping with the focus of Visability, this exhibition is being presented on the ground floor only at the request of the guest curators.



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