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‘Sharing Cultures: Disability and Visibility’ is a project by Anne Teahan, researching disability arts in reference to an exhibition inspired by participation in VSA's 'Revealing Culture' - an international disability arts exhibition of 55 artists, which was on show at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington from 8 June - 29 August 2010. Her blog is a reflection on each day of a week spent in Washington and is the starting point for the research.

Anne Teahan begins the task of reflection on the idea of a 'disability aesethetic' from her first visit to 'Revealing Culture' at the Smithsonian Institute

10 July 2010


photo of two large abstract paintings against a white curtain

The Smithsonian’s International gallery is a surprise. Above ground it looks like an elegant version of the kiosks on the National Mall. But most of the building exists underground. The visible part is merely an entrance area. To find ‘Revealing Culture’ I must take the lift 3 floors down into the earth and follow the signs through an eclectic mix of exhibitions ranging from contemporary prints to children’s paintings from Haitian earthquake survivors. The question I...

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