Disruption Embraced

Monday, January 1, 2022 | 12am EST


The screening will be available on this page at 5:30 p.m. EST and a panel discussion will be followed by it on Zoom (Registration required). For the screening, please ensure you have bought a ticket / availed a free ticket from www.tqff.ca/tickets

If you miss this screening and panel discussion, fear not, this will be archived and available on our website post the event.

In this screening and discussion of the film, Disruption Embraced, ten first generation disabled and mad artists discuss their personal histories, reflecting on critical experiences that stoked their passion towards their art. Central in their stories is the creative disruption and productive force disability plays in their work. This force, or disability aesthetics, manifests in the products of their art and in the process of art making. These artists are actors, singers, sculptures, sewers, and photographers who demonstrate the value of disability through art. Their work speaks back to discrimination and exclusion within normative art/practices. Their work re-images the art landscape for the 21st century.

Filmed in 2018, this documentary describes how disability, and disability art, is weaved into the stories told about Canada and its people. As access and collaboration were key to the success of the project, the makers also produced the documentary in different formats, including closed captioning, American Sign Language and Audio-Described versions.

The Disruption Embraced screening will be followed by a moderated panel discussion featuring the filmmakers, directors, artists, and participants in the film.


Fady Shanouda

is an Assistant Professor at the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University. He is a Critical Disability Studies scholar whose research examines disabled and mad students’ experiences in higher education. His scholarly contributions lie at the theoretical and pedagogical intersections of Disability, Mad, and Fat Studies and include socio-historical examinations that surface the interconnections of colonialism, racism, ableism/sanism and fatphobia. He has published scholarly articles on disability/mad-related issues in higher education, Canadian disability history, the anti-fat bias in medicine, and community-based learning.

Erin MacIndoe Sproule

is a media artist, documentary filmmaker, podcaster and storyteller at Anthroscope Media. Currently, she is in production on a book project entitled Urban Wildlife Safari that looks at statues of animals in the style of an old safari guide. Erin is passionate about applying her skills as a media creator to support the amplification of stories from diverse and underrepresented groups. She is extremely thankful to all of the artists who shared their stories in Disruption Embraced, and the collaborators who made the film possible.

Karen Yoshida, Ph.D.

is Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and cross-appointed to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health- Social Science Division and a collaborating member for the Centre for Research in Women’s Health, University of Toronto. Since 1987, she leads an innovative Critical Disability Studies and diversity component, in partnership with the disability rights communities in Toronto within the MSc. Physical Therapy program. Her research interests focus on Activist Disability Oral History, arts-based research and dissemination, and community disability leadership and activism among disabled young adults. Presently, Dr. Yoshida is a co-investigator on the Bodies in Translation: Activist Art Technology and Access to Life. SSHRC partnership grant. In this grant, Dr. Yoshida is leading an oral history study on Canadian disabled artists and cultural activists.

Sean Lee 

is an artist and curator exploring the notion of disability art and accessibility as the last avant-garde. His methodology reframes embodied difference as a means to resist traditional aesthetic idealities. Orienting towards a “crip horizon,” Sean gestures towards the transformative possibilities of a world that desires the way disability can disrupt. Sean holds a B.A. in Arts Management and Studio from the University of Toronto, Scarborough and Disruption Embraced And Bodies In Translations 99 Disruption Embraced And Bodies In Translations is currently the Director of Programming at Tangled Art + Disability. Previous to this role, he was Tangled’s inaugural Curator in Residence (2016) as well as Tangled’s Gallery Manager (2017). Sean was involved with the launch of Tangled Art Gallery, and has been integral to countless exhibitions and public engagements throughout his tenure at Tangled Art + Disability. In addition to his position at Tangled, Sean is an independent curator, lecturer, and advisor, adding his insights and perspectives to conversations surrounding Disability Arts across Canada and the United States. Sean currently sits on the board of CARFAC Ontario, Creative Users Projects and is a member of the Ontario Art Council’s Deaf and Disability Advisory Committee and Toronto Art Council’s Visual and Media Arts Committee.

Nancy Viva Davis

halifax born on the north shore of new brunswick on mi’gma’gi territory \ halifax is a white settler \ queer & crip \ a celtic mongrel \ they lives & works on stolen & sacred lands \ heir to a complex history & present of dispossession & resurgence halifax lives in a world wherein they embodies disability & illness \ their praxis recognizes the arts as an affective force with the potential to provide partial & situated (Haraway) knowledge\s & processes which support our being “continuous with everything here on earth \ including & especially, each other” (Biss) they imagines & is curious about life that is not lived as whole \ separate & invulnerable but rather as it is lived through deep connections & ways of knowin’ \ that are off-centre \ multiple \ sensuous.

Eliza Chandler

is an Assistant Professor in the School of Disability Studies at X University where she teaches and researches in the areas of disability arts, critical access studies, social movements. She leads a research program focused on disability arts and crip cultural practices. Chandler is also a practicing curator.

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