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Dreaming Disability Social Justice

June 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC-5

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Dreaming Disability
Social Justice
TALK BACK Convening

Saturday, June 1st, 12 – 6pm

Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street
Long Island City, NY

RSVP (Not Required but Requested)

TALK BACK curated by Lexy Ho-Tai and moira williams

Dreaming Disability Social Justice
Saturday, June 1st, 12 – 6pm
12:10- 12:20pm: Introductions
12:30 – 2:45pm: Presentation + Workshop by Dustin P. Gibson
3:15 – 3:25pm: Anna Gichan’s WHEEL/ QUEER performance
3:30 – 3:40pm: Andy Slater Artist Talk
3:50 – 4pm: Juliet Johnson Artist Talk
5 – 5:45pm: Sharona Franklin speaks about her work Akashic Scroll.

About the Presenters
Dustin P. Gibson is a community builder. His he[art]work expands the collective consciousness of marginalized communities and addresses the nexus between race, class, and disability. As a co-founder of Disability Advocates for Rights and Transition plus the Harriet Tubman Collective, Dustin builds power across classrooms, neighborhoods, kid jails and adult prisons by engaging in work to create a world without jails and prisons.

Anna Gichan’s QUEER/ WHEEL is a series of words that have been mis-read during conversations. Through lip sketches the nuances of understanding lip-reading is shown and with the slightest changes in the visibility of teeth, negative space in mouth, roundness/width of lips, and duration of shape a completely different word is spoken. These words emphasize how much work goes into visibly understanding spoken word.

Andy Slater is a blind sound artist, performer, musician, and disability advocate. He is the founder of the Society Of Visually Impaired Sound Artists and is the director of the “Sound As Sight” accessible field recording project. In 2018, he received a 3 Arts/University of Illinois at Chicago residency fellowship. Andy has exhibited and performed extensively.

Juilet Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and small body of water from Los Angeles, CA. She is a multi-disciplinarian, with writing as a central structure, sprouting other forms: video, performance, drawing, installation, object-making, sound/music. Common ruminations include the body and self as both inescapable and diffuse, the edges of language, goops of all kinds. @loftmoth

Sharona Franklin’s work disseminates a personal mythology of gender, class, bio-citizenship, and botany. Her practice encapsulates a range of forms. Each successive project is reflexive to propaganda, transhumanism and bioethics, working to expand contemporary interpretations of genetic engineering. Her work offers a more expansive, inclusive idea of what it means to be a human negotiating the everyday realities of pharmalogical dependency, social inter-dependency and (Self)advocacy. Sharona Franklin speaks about her work Akashic Scroll. Which in turn talks back to Biopharma, Class C Drugs in pre-pubescent disease before the new millennium and Reproductive Agency within disabilities.

For more information about specific events, please go to The TALK BACK Convening is free and open to disabled and chronically ill artists + organizers, organizations and allies. Please reserve a spot for our TALK BACK Convening through our website. If you have any questions, email Lexy and moira at With the goal of collective care, we are running our events on Crip Time, so please know that programming may start at a slightly later time than listed, depending on the needs’ and good vibes of our wonderful participants and visitors.

We will serve light, gluten-free refreshments, and non-alcoholic drinks. Please feel free to bring drinks and heavier foods along. There will be a two-hour dinner break on Saturday and Sunday. You are welcome to eat throughout the event. Unfortunately, we will not be providing meals. Please see a local listing of eateries here.

Flux Factory gallery and ground floor, gender-neutral bathroom is ADA Accessible. No ID or fee necessary for entry. Free tap water is available as are chairs with backs.

The closest subway stations with street level elevators is Queens Plaza (E, M, R trains), and 21st Street Queensbridge (F Train). MTA Elevator and Escalator Status. TALK BACK will include audio guides and large-print of written work. There is a quiet space within the gallery with low-level lighting, earplugs, chairs, cushions, eye masks, and reading material. Service animals are welcome. Please arrive fragrance free and with quiet phones. Thank you!

Please feel free to contact curators Lexy Ho-Tai or moira williams at about access needs and questions. If you require ASL interpretation or real-time captioning, please reach out by May 24, 2019, if possible. Thank you!

TALK BACK is made possible through in-kind support from Materials for the Arts, Enjoy Life, Stimtastic, Disability/Arts/NY, a generous donation from Joe Cardillo, and supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Create NYC Disability Forward Fund


June 1, 2019
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC-5
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