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Katherine Araniello is a performance/video artist and creator of SBC (Sick Bitch Crip). This blog includes her films, digital images and SBC’s latest musings. The concept behind her work is to disrupt and use satire in current issues relating to disability such as assisted suicide, media representation, prejudice, charity, ignorance and body aesthetics.

Artist Katherine Araniello’s response to the SMA Poster Campaign with accompanying image

6 May 2014

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In April 2014 three young children were murdered by their mother and the media coverage highlighted the ‘severe degenerative condition’ and thus once again perpetuated the negative stereotype of impairment, which is defined as ‘Spinal Muscular Atrophy’ (SMA). The media focused on their condition and reinforced the medical diagnosis underlining the severity of SMA and the medical requirements associated with this disease including requiring 24 hour care. I was compelled...

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‘Screw the Taboo’ Performance by Katherine Araniello and Jenna Finch

1 May 2014

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Performance on May 15 8 PM At The Yard Theatre, Unit 2A Queen’s Yard White Post Lane Hackney Wick London E9 5EN Katherine Araniello and Jenna Finch premier their performance ‘Screw the Taboo’. They adopt a deadpan approach in the execution of their performances and the material is twisted and subverted. Through Karaoke, Blow Me Down, Candy Crushing and Backward Bingo they see the faults and failures of innocence tempting and want to share their findings with the audience in a...

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Unlimited

8 April 2014

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Two Chihuahuas bathing in the sun under a palm tree

Much has occurred since my last insertion – I was the VIP guest on the Disability Now, royal podcast and I took great delight in airing my grubby haute couture on the government’s decision to remove the Independent Living Fund in 2015. I don’t really care because I’m a bona fide fake – if I wanted to skip jump run and defecate unaided I would – but I choose not to – it’s great fun having minions performing mundane tasks for one such as charring...

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The Dinner Party - (PDF publication)

9 March 2014

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The Dinner Party

Below is a link to the three commissioned essays written by performance artist Marcia Farquhar, Ella Finer and Lois Keidan, Director of LADA (Live Art Development Agency) with additional text by Katherine Araniello. The essays have been written especially for The Dinner Party.  This highly recommended reading gives a context to the differences between live art and theatre, a description of the processes involved in the making of The Dinner Party, and an artist’s perspective and...

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Underwater SickBitchCrips

1 March 2014

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One of a groundbreaking series of live-art video works by the infamous British artist Katherine Araniello.

Her latest piece creates much provocation, is this a screensaver or is it art?

Whatever it is it is beautiful to watch and transports the viewer into a euphoric world of fish...

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SBC (SickBitchCrips) Interview with Katherine Araniello

12 February 2014

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graphic with a yellow outline of the artist Katherine Araniello at the centre of a black square with the title Lazy Baby above

Araniello: Your latest music video is called ‘Lazy Baby’, can you tell us a bit about it, and the inspiration behind it? SBC: The song is about our terminal condition and the tragic monotonous life we have to suffer on a daily basis. We are very ‘different’ and bearing the burden of being genetic defects takes a lot out of us. Araniello: Are you looking for...

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be encouraged by the SickBitchCrips

23 January 2014

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SBC (SickBitchCrips) are excited to unveil their new freehand sketch ‘Red’ which injects January and the next 11 months with a much needed morale kick up the arse. The blood thirsty tiny canine and the damaged arms and legs just happened to be in the wrong place at the right time.  It is exciting when relationships collapse and the consequences of a little tiff can hopefully result in plenty of foul playfulness. The killer shark instinct is in all of us and SBC will always be...

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Christmas Delightment

28 December 2013

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SBC (SickBitchCrips) are delighted to bring to you their new work ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. The Christmas video is a beautiful rendition of the classic ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ first introduced by Judy Garland in 1944, and reminds us of how beautiful and idyllic Christmas is. A time for giving, eating, sharing and feeling trapped by relatives and loved ones. SBC have captured this precious moment in their beautiful camera work and backing...

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Katherine's Story

17 December 2013

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still from Katherine Araniello's 'normal' video

This work is inspired by a comedy sketch I found on YouTube where an actress plays the role of a 'Lazy Cow'. In my video I perform to camera and play the role of the victim labelled a 'Normal'.  I use clichéd medical sentiments associated with disabled people in my phoney bid to plead to the public to set up a charity and raise money for those of us suffering from this terrible disease commonly referred to as...

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'A Fistful of Froth' is here!

6 December 2013

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a western poster-style image

As promised earlier this year 'A Fistful of Froth' is finally here. In 1858 a lone SickBitchCrip has lost herself in the barren terrain of the Wild West. She has no friends and no idea how she ended up in this hostile unforgiving environment. Survival is only guaranteed by the merciless killing of others. SickBitchCrip must keep her wits about her at all costs, dodging bullets from her buddies, total unadulterated scum who are almost as crooked and bent as she is. The wily mean...

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‘The Artist Interview’ a review by Sick Bitch Crips

25 November 2013

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Katherine Araniello was invited and paid £25,000 to make a live art intervention for Together 2013.  She was given a brief: “do whatever you want”, so she went straight to Soho House for inspiration and champagne. Several weeks later after rehab, she decided that the only person she’s really interested in is herself. So the art would be about her and she would interview herself live on screen.  This amazing solution of mixing video and live performance was so...

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Sick Bitch Crip Dance

30 September 2013

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It is an absolute drain on one’s resources, having to meet strict deadlines, accept commissions and say yes to every invitation, but the good news is I have managed to surreptitiously miss a month of composing my cutting-edge text. The DAO fan base was frozen in time and made no demands on me to update this blog. So despite the severe lack of interest here are my latest irresistible musings. I was recently invited to be an ArtsAdmin associate artist – which of course I accepted with...

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Meet the SickBitchCrip Bitches (Soon to be animated)

25 July 2013

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artwork for Katherine Araniello's Sick Bitch Crips 'Dance'

Sick – is an iconic wheelchair-bound living miracle and is the proud host of a multitude of debilitating diseases.  She is still breathing and lives life to the full despite her many conflictions. She holds the world record for being the sickest cripple ever and she has no intentions of letting anyone in with a chance of snatching this prestigious title. Everyone adores her and she is a Sick celebrity lapping up all the sympathy and pity she can muster. Bitch – has a...

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Little Miss Pity Crippy

5 June 2013

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‘A Fistful of Froth’ it’s so bad it's good! Watch the video! SBC (SickBitchCrip) is fit and healthy but also understands she is lame and sick. It isn't fair that the state does not recognise her need to feed her devoted Chihuahuas on caviar and chips. The economic climate is against her and she knows we are living in dangerous times. An individual cannot be expected to use art as a support mechanism to live a good quality of life. This is a self-indulgent trait of...

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‘A Fistful of Froth’ (coming soon)

2 May 2013

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a western poster-style image of a gun pointing down at a cowboy in a wheelchair against a red background

        Plot Summary         In 1858 a lone SickBitchCrip has lost herself in the barren terrain of the Wild West. She has no friends and no idea how she ended up in this hostile unforgiving environment. Survival is only guaranteed by the merciless killing of others. SickBitchCrip must keep her wits about her at all costs, dodging bullets from her buddies, total unadulterated scum who are almost as crooked and bent...

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Pity Party

1 April 2013

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On an exceptionally gloomy, Easter Erection wet weekend, at the butt end of a bedroom tax demo, SickBitchCrips gayfully retreat to the Duke of York’s Theatre to gawp at Rupert Everett in the role as the talented Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss.  After interminable inching backwards and forwards, SickBitchCrips are finally comfortable in the wheelchair spaces, allocated at the opposite ends of a row. Sadly they are unable to catapult themselves out of their prams into normal seats and...

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Not Fitter... just Wasting Away

5 March 2013

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SickBitchCrips have little to report this month. They continue to steer away from issues of sex, politics and religion and attempt to avoid the reality of their own sorry lives. SickBitchCrips are gleefully ignorant of what everyone's currently debating i.e. the instigation of Bedroom Tax and abolition of Council Tax Benefit and refuse to comment from their privately owned penthouse overlooking the Houses of Parliament.  However they did admit to a degree of empathy because they too...

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Not Bitter... just Twisted!

6 February 2013

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photo of lower half of a female face with a lozenge with the words 'kill pill' located between the teeth

SickBitchCrips are delighted to announce that they were shortlisted for Diversity 13[1] which is a commission to explore diversity in 2013 and to put on a performance for 15 nights at Ovalhouse, London. Today the SickBitchCrips are delighted to accept rejection having failed to be offered the commission. It was felt that they wouldn't be able to sustain a three-week audience. SickBitchCrips are convinced it would have been a piece of cake, putting posteriors on seats. They accept that their...

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Happy New Year from ILF (Independent Living Friend)

2 January 2013

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image of a letter

To kick off the New Year SickBitchCrips received a wonderful generically personalised Happy New Year message from their close friends the ILF (Independent Living Friend), as seen in the image. SickBitchCrips are excited about the future and are rapidly making plans to find ingenious ways of maintaining their independent living budget to continually pay for their 24-hour servant needs. As with all of us, they are severely concerned that their funding will shrink – and under such tragic...

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SickBitchCrips present their Facebook page and new years message.

28 December 2012

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SickBitchCrips are ecstatic at the launch of their long awaited Facebook page   http://www.facebook.com/pages/SickBitchCrip/466055910103514   SickBitchCrips Facebook page archives all their digital images and videos, so now there is no excuse not to have seen their erudite work. For the ultimate Christmas gift, treat yourself to a viewing of the SickBitchCrip Facebook page, full of fantastic videos and digital images. Strongly recommended for those who are sick of the cliched world...

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SickBitchCrips Christmas Special and introducing Miss Scoliosis

30 November 2012

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SickBitchCrips are anxious and concerned about rumours of a new Crip on the block.  Her name is Miss Scoliosis! SickBitchCrips have become accustomed to hogging the limelight and whispers have left them feeling utterly dismayed.  They are hoping that Miss Scoliosis embraces the medical model, only making an appearance when Charity has raised enough funds to buy Miss Scoliosis a specially adapted wheelchair that she can drive off Beachy Head; or maybe a holiday for the handicapped in...

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SickBitchCrips

2 November 2012

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image of an egg box with a series of eggs with the artists face on them

For those of you who haven’t yet heard of SBC I am going to gently introduce you to us. SickBitchCrips is an arts organisation made up of the most severely afflicted, contagious and diseased artists who have multiple disorders i.e. myself and any other specimens who feel they meet this hierarchal criteria. Extreme physical movement is forbidden and SickBitchCrips has no time for anatomically perfect people. We have been heavily involved in producing posters of late that are in par with...

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Closing Down Ceremony

14 October 2012

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Having been inspired by the Paralympics paraphernalia of London 2012 as an audience participant in the Opening Ceremony and watching the Closing Ceremony on TV.  Subjected to relentless coverage of inspirational stories and super humans doing amazing things, we were all suffering from the Paralympics one way or another.  I certainly was inspired by the tremendous atmosphere of the Olympic village and the 'hype the public'  tactics to increase viewing figures. So when I was...

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