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Unexpected Anatomies: Extraordinary Bodies in Contemporary Art

  • Ann M. FoxEmail author
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Part of the Critical Studies of Education book series (CSOE, volume 12)

Abstract

How might we render our imagination of the body more expansive in an age where it seems we already can look at it in every conceivable manner, through means medical and media-driven? How might we imagine disabled bodies anew when, paradoxically, the most vulnerable bodies among us remain invisible? They only exist in the popular imagination, it would seem, as diagnostic exemplars, sentimentalized images of inspiration porn scrolling across our Facebook feeds (“The Only Disability in Life Is a Bad Attitude!”), or transhumanist fantasies of bodily enhancement and genetic manipulation. Disability in the visual arts remains a powerful, vital means to imagine human variation beyond memes or mimesis. The works I will discuss in this brief essay, examples of the intersection between disability and art, invite a more intense look at how disabled bodies compel creation, and how we view them. These imagined anatomies are indeed unexpected as the matter makers and the made matter of art.

Keywords

 Disability Disability Aesthetics Art Representation Curators 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Davidson CollegeDavidsonUSA

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