Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Albedo Creative Platform launches tonight!

It is truly a pleasure for me to announce that tonight, Albedo Creative Platform will be launched! Under the helm of Ghada Waked, and in participation of too many brilliant people under one roof (full disclosure: I am an unofficial part of the team), Albedo will be a creative platform gathering artists, architects, scientists, and people blending new technologies; it has been inspired from the difficult geopolitical and social conditions this region is undergoing (Syria, Iraq, etc.), where losing a body member, function, and ability is no longer a rare occurrence.
A person may be born with or acquire at some point a disability, but they only become “handicapped” when society does not allow them to explore their life in its full potential. The inaugural series of events of Albedo Creative Platform will bring local and international artists with or without disability to work together, since art has always been a way to counter imposed obstacles, disabilities, and limits.
Its schedule and program will include exhibitions, workshops, screenings, perfomances, sound installations, audio book readings, and other artistic expressions stemming from the original creative rationale with all these events taking place between December 3rd and 8th.
In addition, more than a hundred students participated in the "what if?" experiment whereby they embodied disabilities to test how the hindrances happen in real life.
The main focus is to be able to convey disability and its capacity to overcome its existence, not in a socio-classificatory sense, but more as an obstacle that could easily be overcome or simply a stepping stone in the path of art creation beyond the folkloric - craft-oriented - aspect often associated with art and disability.
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