“Provisional Structures: The Issue, A conversation between Amanda Cachia and Carmen Papalia,” BlackFlash magazine, Summer Issue, August 2021
In this summer issue, guest-edited by Carmen Papalia, writers, artists, and other cultural producers have been invited to refect on disability, art, and access. The issue is produced in tandem with the exhibition, Provisional Structures: Carmen Papalia with Vo Vo & jes sachse, on display at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, from 12 June – 17 October 2021, and curated by Nicolle Nugent. The exhibition is a culmination of a three-year collaboration between the gallery and Papalia, who have been working together to develop a comprehensive accessibility policy for the gallery that is meaningful and long-term.
In addition to this issue, the exhibition, and the access policy, which builds on Papalia’s long-standing Open Access research, this wide-ranging project also encompasses multifaceted public programming that can be explored on the MacKenzie Art Gallery website. For the introduction of this special issue, Papalia invited independent curator and art historian Amanda Cachia to engage in a conversation with him regarding Papalia’s exhibition, the highlights from the issue, and how disability art has evolved in the past ten years since they frst began collaborating in their relationship of curator/artist in 2011.