Art challenges perceptions of disability

Justin Piccirilli's work, Stone of stumbling, rock of offence

Justin Piccirilli's work, Stone of stumbling, rock of offence - Credit: Archant

A new exhibition at world renowned artist and Hackney resident Yinka Shonibare’s studio which explores life through the lens of disability.

The show is taking place at Shonibare’s ‘guest projects’ space called Shape Open, which invited artists to submit work expressing different aspects of disability, to challenge the way that disability is perceived.

Yinka Shonibare, a wheelchair user himself, said: “In the context of an ever-changing society, I felt that it was important to encourage reflection on the lives of disabled people and create an honest and wide-ranging discussion about the barriers that we face.

“The responses are serious-minded, satirical, and often ambiguous, requiring the viewer to consider the different aspects of disability and to challenge the way that disability is perceived.”

The final artworks were selected for the exhibition by a panel of judges including Shonibare and Shape Open Prize Winner 2014 Carly Jayne.

The exhibition is open from noon to 5pm, from Thursday to Sunday or by appointment, from Friday February 5 to February 26 at Guest Projects in Andrews Road, London Fields.

Shonibare will also give a talk on becoming an artist on Wednesday February 10 at 7pm.

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