Disability Arts: the last avant-garde?

Is it a movement or a right? A disability-led panel takes the pulse on aligning rhetoric and action when it comes to inclusivity and equality.
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Image shutterstock.com; Barcelona, Spain August 2018

In 2007, Turner-prize nominee artist Yinka Shonibare described disability arts as the last great avant-garde movement. He compared it to the early days of feminism and the black rights movement, offering that it was a powerful dynamic that spoke more about aesthetic talent and inclusivity than non-normative bodies.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina