BODIES OF WORK (HOUSED IN IDHD) PROGRAMS

A CONVERSATION ABOUT CHICAGO DOCS AND DISABILITY

In collaboration with Kartemquin Films, co-hosts Carrie Sandahl (of Bodies of Work) and Matt Lauterbach (of ReelAbilities Chicago) will host a conversation with filmmakers behind four classic documentaries about disability, made right here in Chicago! The films include, “When Billy Broke His Head”, “Refrigerator Mothers”, “Doin’ It: Sex, Disability & Videotape”, and “The Paper Mirror”.

COUNTER BALANCE

An Integrated Dance concert celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST EXCHANGE

Bodies of Work is partnering in a new initiative to create an international network of disability arts and culture organizations. This new network would facilitate exchange programs for artists with disabilities to show their work, and collaborate on creating new work in international contexts. Bodies of Work is currently working with arts administrators in Finland, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, and each understands and represents people with disabilities differently. It is their belief that artists and audiences alike can benefit from sharing aesthetics, politics, and lived experiences through an international arts exchange. Though Bodies of Work has presented the work of international artists with disabilities since its inception, this initiative more deeply involves the exchange of ideas, techniques, and experiences that result in innovative art making.

This new initiative would expose audiences to innovative, high-quality disability art. By bringing this network into fruition, this project extends the ADA's promise for community inclusion beyond US borders by putting American artists with disabilities on the world stage. Bodies of Work is committing themselves to featuring an international artist during their next festival, and facilitating a Chicago artist's participation in one of their exchange countries' festivals. Bodies of Work will consider the initiative a success if they reach their goal of one artist exchange per year in perpetuity.