JoAnn Purcell – Disability Daily Drawn (1000 encounters) – Gales Gallery York University

Disability Daily Drawn (1000 encounters)
JoAnn Purcell

Gales Gallery
Accolade West Building
York University

June 17 – 21, 2019
Reception: Thursday June 20 from 5 – 9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 12 – 5 p.m. daily

This project began three years ago in the ordinary days of family life where JoAnn Purcell drew a 4-panel comic everyday alongside her thirteen-year-old daughter, Simone, born with the genetic difference Down syndrome. This project is about creating a regular forum to slow down, pay attention, listen and make room for difference and is a collaboration with a minor who has an intellectual disability. Simone has leant her body, affect and trust in this project and to value her contribution, no object or event was too trivial or banal to include.

The daily comics refract the everyday experience of living beside disability and reveal the imperceptible. The transposition of encounters considers the element of time, visual representations, text, individual panels and juxtapositions, compositions, page layouts, and gutters. It is in this multimodality that comics can impart a different way of knowing, and provide an entry into uniquely humorous, difficult, peculiar or lovely daily encounters with disability and difference.

The primary impetus for this project is to make visible a body whose genetic makeup has been historically institutionalized, marginalized or disappeared so the presentation of all the encounters without editing in this exhibit allows the volume of work to take up the full space of the gallery.

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