Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

"Nothing Is Uglier than Ignorance": Art, Disability Studies, and the Disability Community in the Positive Exposure Photography Project

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies (2011), 5, (1), 71–90.

Abstract

The Positive Exposure photography project, a collaboration between Rick Guidotti and Diane McLean, has the aim of reconfiguring visible disabilities and differences as beautiful and worthy of celebration; it combines art, education, social activism, and support for the disability community. The article argues that an understanding of disability theory and the visual representation of disability can inform a discussion and interrogation of the assumptions behind such a project. Ultimately, Positive Exposure is found to function by simultaneously working with and against traditional modes of how the disabled body is presented to the public.

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Abbott, Natalie