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Picturing Disability in Contemporary Art: First Friday Lecture by Danielle Fenn and Zana Marie Lutfiyya



Picturing Disability in Contemporary Art: First Friday Lecture by Danielle Fenn and Zana Marie LutfiyyaMentoring Artists for Women's Art | MB |

By surveying portrayals of disability in contemporary art, Fenn and Lutfiyya will address the intersection of art and disability studies. Tensions exist between how the social sciences and the art world read, evaluate and/or celebrate these images in contrasting ways. Analysis of work by artists such as Diane Arbus, Mary Ellen Mark, Marc Quinn, Alison Lapper and Holly Norris will examine how these approaches have been navigated or ignored in favour of aesthetic discussion. In a world where visibility so strongly influences access and treatment, whose humanity are these artistic portrayals serving, and to what end?
Danielle Fenn is completing her BFA at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. As a recipient of the Undergraduate Research Award, she has worked with Dr. Zana Lutfiyya in her on-going study of disability portrayals in relation to Social Role Valorization theory. This aligns with Fenn’s interest in inclusive design. Fenn’s artistic practice is focused mainly in lens-based work and performance. She is interested in how narrative construction contributes to one’s sense of identity, continuity and inclusion.
After working to support individuals with intellectual disabilities to live and work in the community, Zana Marie Lutfiyya completed her graduate education at Syracuse University in 1989. Her research at the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba focuses on the social participation of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities into community life and the portrayal of disability in popular culture and media.

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