A Fragmented Story

A poem written by Dominick Harper about his journey of intersectionality, disability, and understanding of self.

Dominick Harper

2020 Was One of the Best Years of My Life.

Self-portrait of Inês that was edited in order to make it seem like a drawing. Inês is a portuguese white woman. She lays on the floor and stares at the camera. She wears a white cloth mask with small pink flowers in it. There are disposable face masks around her, on the floor. -there is a card box wrapped in a white sheet of print paper that reads “EMPATHY”.

“2020 helped me see the world with a rejuvenated perspective. It helped me understand even more that the world was ready, it just wasn’t using its resources the right way, meaning, the world could be accessible for everyone if we wanted it to be.”

Inês Mália Sarmento

You Will Be Welcomed

“…no matter what point of your journey you are, you are welcome to be part of the chronically ill and disability communities. You are welcome just to scroll through posts, you are welcome just to watch videos, you are welcome just to leave likes or follow others. I’m here to tell you that you do not need to be an activist to be part of these communities, and that you will receive love from it, just by being the amazing human being that you are, because just by existing, our energy makes a difference in this world.”

Inês Mália Sarmento

Dynamic Disability

Inês Mália Sarmento

“Just because my disability and needs vary from day to day, or even on the same day, it does not invalidate my disabled experience. We need to keep pushing forward so that others too can affirm their disabled identity.”

Inês Mália Sarmento

Waiting for the New Normal

A piece of mixed-media art with a tan background; 4 squares on the top of the canvas represent abstract images from school including lockers and a library. The main portion of the image is a facsimile of a computer screen with abstract individuals and the layers of drawing and sketching. The image drips paint on to the lower part of the piece of art.

But what if “normal” wasn’t a source of security? What if returning to normal life represents a sort of backsliding destined to keep you trapped in a social position you’ve never flourished in? This is the case for millions of disabled people who sense the return of normal life and are not excited about it coming back.

Is There Space for Disabled Artists at Art Fairs?

“The experience of not gaining entrance to the Paris Outsider Art Fair has given rise to a number of questions for DisArt: Does the physical presence of a disabled audience or artist at an outsider art fair enhance or detract from the apparent value of the work itself? And why isn’t the generally liberal-leaning art […]