At our first public exhibition, we raised 1600 dollars for the Epilepsy Foundation of New England. Thank you so much for sitting with us, observing and making new art, for the conversations about seizures and disability, and for contributing to the continuation of different facilitations of knowledges surrounding epilepsy in public spaces.
Disability, race, and gender are not only linked, but they are inextricably linked. For our second exhibition, we raised money for Storm. She is a queer, disabled Black woman who was directly affected by what Nirvana Erevelles labels a “disabilization of race.”
Together, we raised 2900 dollars, which were enough funds to immediately move her possessions out of the house that she was evicted from without cause. She was also able to relocate to a safe place. Thank you so much.
Her journey continues, and you can donate here.
Erevelles, Nirmala. “(Im)Material Citizens: Cognitive Disability, Race, and the Politics of Citizenship.” Disability and Difference in Global Contexts: Enabling a Transformative Body Politic. First edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. pp. 153–171.
Body Tricks and other explorations of disability, art, and performance continues. Donations are now being accepted for Somos Semillas, a grassroots organization in Western Massachusetts that facilitates safe, accessible spaces for immigrants.
Tonic clonic epileptic seizures can be considered performances, intentional or not, the seizing person converting into what disabled performer Catherine Cole calls: a “performer in a script [they] did not write” (2003). Performances of non-citizenship also have real, material consequences in the United States. For this reason, we seek to facilitate and fund spaces that facilitate safety, community, and access to essential resources.