DIS(this)ABILITY is a project divided into four workshops: How to paint with your mouth? I held the workshops at four different locations and the participants were volunteers and passers-by.
As the workshop was held exclusively in English, I made a reference to the English word disability. This word can have a double meaning, the literal meaning being a disability, which is clear and understood. However, if I take that word apart into dis-ability, it gains a completely different meaning: this ability. In that sense, a disability becomes an ability of some other physical format that has its own dimensions, and by that I do not think they are limited but different. Thus, the topic of this event is not my disability but physical abilities and adjustments.
The goal of the project was to try to portray my reality and to bring closer the challenges that I meet daily within my work.
To accomplish a correlation between my and their world I woud choose a volunteer who would pose for a portrait. That was the first step in tearing down a barrier and possible predjudice about me as a painter. The initial fear turned into enthusiasm and I have accomplished one of the goals of the workshop.
In the next step I put myself in the role of a mentor and with that tried to draw attention knowing reality to exactly observing reality. I have accomplished that by setting different excercizes that were meant to draw attention to what they are painting, not the subject they were painting. As an assignment I set up a cup and I noticed that everyone was approaching this object according to the conditioned pattern of behaviour. The bottom of the cup was portrayed as straight, while the upper part was portrayed as rounded.
The end result was their personal satisfaction and getting to know themselves within something they did not get the chance to find themselves in before. It was surprising to see how they creatively responded to the challenge that was put in front of them.