Disruptive Curatorial Practices: An Intermediary Force of Activism

Meg Power


This paper examines the disruptive nature of disability-led curatorial practices with respect to curating disability art. The normative narrative of disability is subverted through the disruptive curatorial process of teaching, displaying and re-presenting disability art. This process is informed by the social model of disability. The exhibition, Medusa’s Mirror: Fears, Spells & Other Transfixed Positions, curated by Amanda Cachia at the Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, California is used as an example of a disruptive curatorial practice that teaches, displays, and re-presents disability in an institutional space.


disability arts; curation

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