Celebrating disabled culture
This installation brings together some of Melbourne’s best known disability activists for a live and collaborative paste up to celebrate the culture of Melbourne’s disabled community, challenging the narrow stereotypes of disability and making a stand that joins with the international disability pride movement.
The disability pride movement has been growing across the world, with annual pride parades since 1990, but it is not yet a common experience in Australia. It seeks to change the way people think about and define disability, to break down and end the internalized shame among people with disabilities, and to promote the belief in society that disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with disabilities can take pride. It seeks to encourage a different understanding of disability beyond the medical model, which sees disability as a problem of the person, and instead draws attention to disability as a socially created problem.
Disability Pride allows audience members to interact with the artists and activists, and learn about disability pride from those who know best. It will create opportunities to rethink narrow and negative definitions of disability.