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The Erotic Abject: Confronting the Taboo Sexualization of the Disabled Body

Friday, February 26, 2021 at 1 PM PST

The work featured in Tender Calamities focused on the body-politics of illness/disability, and the oft-undiscussed role sensualization/sexualization plays in the imaging of illness and disability. Drawing from the work produced in Tender Calamities, exhibition artist Panteha Abareshi discussed both the personal and expanded implications of the socio-sexual relationship we have to illness.

This program was organized by Jamie Costa.

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Image caption: Panteha Abareshi, New Artifacts (detail), 2021. courtesy of the artist.