Thursday 17th October
Metal Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peters Road, Peterborough, PE1 1YX
Join artist and disability advocate Carmen Papalia for an evening of conversation and food. Find out about his practice, areas of research and what he plans to do whilst in residence at Metal.
Carmen is an artist who uses organising strategies and improvisation to address his access to public space, the art institution, and visual culture. His socially engaged practice is an effort to unlearn dominate concepts of ‘normality’ and resist support options that promote ableism.
Carmen’s work takes the form of participatory public projects from walks, workshops and interventions, to model new standards and practices in the area of accessibility. Designing experiences that invite participants to expand their perceptual mobility and to claim access to public and institutional spaces. Previous works have included a performance where he replaces his white cane with a marching band that serves as his navigation system in unfamiliar public places, Mobility Device (2013), and in 2015 Carmen conducted an unsolicited accessibility audit of the Vancouver Art Gallery with a group of artists from Gallery Gachet.
Carmen is keen to meet people in Peterborough, activists and socially engaged artists. He has a particular interest in social activism where people have put their bodies on the line.
All food will be vegetarian, if you have any dietary requirements please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.