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This is a color photograph of Panteha Abareshi. The artist is featured kneeling while bent over beneath silver crutches and a walker. The artist is using their arms to protect their head. Abareshi is wearing a white bodysuit and is performing in a white wall and grey cement floor space.

Disabled Reflexivity: An Examination of “Self” in Embodied Illness Art Practice

Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1 PM PST

While exhibition artist Panteha Abareshi’s earlier work focused on a hyper-personal examination of “self”, the new work in Tender Calamities is situated in what Abareshi described as “Xeno-Crip” body of thought. As the artist shared, “While I strive to embody the post-human abandonment of self, I also greatly value the acknowledgment of when I ‘fail’ to do so.”


In this talk, attendees learned more about the new work featured in Tender Calamities and Abareshi’s approach to disability/illness.


This program was organized by Jamie Costa.

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodation or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request at least 72 hours prior to the meeting you wish you attend. Due to the difficulties in securing Sign Language Interpreters, five (5) or more business days notice is strongly recommended. For additional information, please contact the Gallery at lamag@lacity.org.

Image caption: Panteha Abareshi, Unlearn the Body (still from video), 2020. courtesy of the artist.