Patrick Gunasekera and Georgi Ivers: two artists and their journeys in crip time

Care can come in the form of time, patience, flexibility and community engagement in a world that still poses so many barriers.
Gunasekera. Production still from ‘You're So Brave’. Photo: Rama Dolman. The image shows a female figure holding a microphone in the centre against a stage with red light and two projector panels on each side.

As a newly-found neurodivergent creative, I owe a great deal of gratitude to independent Western Australian artist Patrick Gunasekera in my discovery of the idea of “crip time”.

A term coined by US academic Alison Kafer, crip time refers to the time concessions disabled people must make for themselves to cope in ableist and capitalist society. In Ellen Samuels’ Six Ways of Looking at Crip Time, Kafer says: ‘Rather than bend disabled bodies and minds to meet the clock, crip time bends the clock to meet disabled bodies and minds.’

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Jaimi Wright is a Development Coordinator for arts organisations and your friendly neighbourhood arts writer. She also writes for Seesaw Magazine and Art Almanac because she can't keep still.