Enabling Imagery?

Media ethics and mis-representations of disability

“It seems to me that they’re some of the most misrepresented people in the history of art”. This was Mark Quinn after the unveiling of his sculpture of fellow artist Alison Lapper. The sculpture was placed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. We use this illustration in one of our Media Ethics lectures for our second year students on “Enabling Imagery?”. One of the themes of the lecture is about transforming negative stereotypes of disabled people. Some may also recognise this piece from the opening ceremony for the Paralympic games in 2012.

Next week sees the beginning of Disability History Month. So it’s time to start challenging some of those stereotypes again. There’s also a growing need in the UK to fight for Human Rights in all shapes and sizes. We seem to have lost our way!

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