PRESS RELEASE: ART BOOK EVENT FEATURING DEAF AND DISABLED ARTISTS
The Ikouii Creative invites you to join us as we celebrate the release of our 2nd book, titled: INSIDE THEIR STUDIO: Deaf & Disabled Artists Reshaping the Arts. The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art will host a book reading with live performances on Saturday, October 1st from 1pm to 3pm.
INSIDE THEIR STUDIO: Deaf & Disabled Artists Reshaping the Arts gives a rare glimpse into the artists’ studio practices, inspirations, and personal journeys. The artists live with disabilities from differing communities, including but not limited to those belonging in the BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and Neurodivergent communities.
The book features a spread of stunning photographs of notable trailblazing artists from around the world including Antoine Hunter, Chris Fonseca, Marcus Cyrus Ware, Ellice Patterson, Leroy Moore, Malik QuestionATL Wilson, and Jessica Binkhorn, the book showcases versatile practices such as sculpture, photography, poetry, film, and performance arts. “The works featured are poetic, profound, beautiful, and visionary,” Aleatha Lindsay, Founder/Curator of The Ikouii Creative says. “Drawn from the artists’ collections, they demystify the contributions that artists living with disabilities share.”
As Jenna Reid, Artistic Director at Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture of Vancouver, Canada, writes in the foreword: “Being a disabled artist is fraught with challenges: this world was not built with us in mind. But our studios are spaces for dreaming, creating, and making in ways that bring our ancestors’ dreams to life.”
The book follows a successful predecessor, INSIDE THEIR STUDIO: Artists with Disabilities and Their Collaborators published in 2020. This previous book has been sold worldwide in 13 countries. It has been selected by gallerists, curators, and art consultants for inclusion at universities, libraries, galleries, and museums across the United States, including RIT/Rochester Institute of Technology, Gallaudet University, and Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. In 2022, the book was acquired by MoMA/The Museum of Modern Art as part of the participatory space featured within their exhibition, Matisse: The Red Studio in New York. Most recently, the book was added to the comprehensive research collection of The Frances Mulhall Achilles Library at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Following the book reading and signing, there will be a catered reception and live performances by featured artists; Antoine Hunter, Jessica Blinkhorn, April Williams, QuestionATL, and Rose Adare.
INSIDE THEIR STUDIO: Deaf & Disabled Artists Reshaping the Arts is available for sale at Ikouii.com
Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 1PM-3PM
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
Upstairs, Lowry Hall
4484 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30319
- Accessible Parking
- Accessible Elevator
- Sensory Support
- ASL Interpreters
- Press Contact:
- Lisa Hamilton
ABOUT THE IKOUII CREATIVE
The Ikouii Creative is a disability-led organization committed to providing opportunities and support for artists with disabilities as well as transforming cultural institutions into an engaging and meaningful space for all visitors.
The Ikouii Creative serves artists worldwide, in countries including the United States, Canada, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Israel, and India. The organization offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to amplify its impact in the arts sector.
ABOUT OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) serves the university and greater Atlanta community by presenting exhibitions that reflect the interdisciplinary strength of a liberal arts education and the cultural diversity of our community. OUMA engages students by providing a creative stage for the development of museum professionals and engages the public with exhibitions and programming founded on the principles of excellence and social service.
Photo Courtesy of the Artist, Chris Fonseca by Nabih Kassam