'Inspiration Archives: Crip and Collective Imaginaries’, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2022

Activity: Talk or presentation for an academic audienceInvited talk for an academic audience


This talk takes as its starting point disability artist Aaron Williamson’s sardonically titled exhibition Inspiration Archives (2019), which seemed to document obscure and extraordinary disabled historical figures. While critiquing ableist imagery of the 'inspirational', the Archives can also be situated in relation to other performance and critical practices of fabulation which engage the speculative, the corporeal and the fictional in the un-making and re-making of collective political imagination.
Period5 Apr 2022
Held atSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago, United States
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • crip theory
  • live art
  • disability studies
  • fabulation
  • Black studies
  • conceptual art
  • art history
  • contemporary art