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date: 26 May 2019

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This chapter explores the Tiresias Project by the Olimpias Disability Culture collective. The project invites disabled artists and their allies to play with the portrait camera, to create nude or clothed portraits of themselves, and to explore erotic spaces. We focus on Audre Lorde’s use of eroticism, and apply it to disability culture work: an analysis in connection with joy, a bodily lens that allows us to see ourselves holistically, as bodymindspirits, and as people whose bodies and minds have often been denied sexual and loving pleasure by cultures who see our bodies and minds as abnormal. The essay uses creative writing methods to choreograph multiple voices and perspectives on this community performance project. It explores wellbeing and convivial wholeness through artful shared space.

Keywords: disability, dance, community art, disability culture

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