The prefix “dis-“ in the English language has meant “apart” since its early Latin roots. The artists in this exhibition challenge that prefix, instead showing us how “dis-“ can be a force of identity, empowerment, and community. In unique ways each artist has been an advocate for Disability rights in Chicago and the World. Whether it is through film, dance, visual art, poetry, or a myriad of other artistic media, these artists utilize their disability to commemorate the strengths which bind creative artistic output, personal experience, and radical aesthetics in an effort to disrupt exclusionary concepts.
Timotheus “TJ” Gordon Jr.
MOMENTA Dance Company
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Image ID: bolded text in red with the word DIS- plus text info with the dates of show (runs through June 26, with other info detailed above) overlaid onto a screenprint by Bri Beck based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man, which depicts a man in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and inscribed in a circle and square. The man is repeated using two colors: a faded lavender and a faded red. The arms and legs of the man are repeated in different positions but the man’s head and torso only appear twice, one vertical and one sideways.