“What Can a Body Do?” Wordgathering, Issue 23, October, 2012
Opening on October 26, 2012 at Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, What Can a Body Do? is an exhibition that narrows the question originally posed by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze into: “what can a disabled body do?” In my introduction my introduction for the catalogue essay, What Can a Body Do?” I write: “Further, this exhibition asks, what does it mean to inscribe a contemporary work of art with experiences of disability? What shapes or forms can these inscriptions take? How, precisely, can perceptions of the disabled body be liberated from binary classifications such as “normal” versus “deviant” or “ability” versus “disability” that themselves delimit bodies and constrain action? What alternative frameworks can be employed by scholars, curators, and artists in order to determine a new fate for the often stigmatized disabled identity?