Cutting the Disability Out of Disability Arts – A talk by Carmen Papalia

Monday, February 28, 2011

PSU Art Building Annex Rm. 160 (North of 2000 SW 5th Ave.)

12:00 – 1:00PM 

The Diversity Committee Lecture Series is pleased to present “Cutting the Disability Out of Disability Arts”—a talk by Canadian artist and writer Carmen Papalia. 

Carmen Papalia is an artist and writer that produces socially engaged projects that are initiated by, and informed by, his body. Often based in lived experience, Papalia’s work is participatory and creates the opportunity for productive conversation on topics ranging from: the accessibility of urban design to the role of slapstick in the everyday. Papalia is currently enrolled in the Art & Social Practice concentration of the MFA program at Portland State University.

He is a co-founder of the Memewar Arts & Publishing Society—a not-for-profit organization in Vancouver, British Columbia that is responsible for three main projects: Memewar Magazine, the Short Line Reading Series and the publishing imprint MemePress.

Papalia’s writing can be found in journals such as West Coast Line, sub-TERRAIN Magazine and Disability Studies Quarterly. His recent work includes a contribution to the upcoming Somewhat Secret Place: Disability & Art exhibition and book project, and the Open Engagement 2011: Art + Social Practice conference.

As part of Portland State University’s Spring 2011 Chiron Studies course offerings, Papalia will facilitate the “Writing through the Body Workshop”—a ten week creative writing course that introduces beginner and intermediate writers to a number of strategies for addressing their bodies in their autobiographical poetry and prose.