Gallery 1C03: Performances by Jesse Turner - Take a Moment to Sit in My Chair, January 9 - February 6

Performances by Jesse Turner

Take a Moment to Sit in My Chair
Gallery 1C03, 1st floor of Centennial Hall

Performance times:
January 9, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
January 14, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

January 17, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

January 28, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

February 6, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

About the performance

The vision of my performance art piece Take a Moment to Sit in My Chair is to challenge the pervasive, negative social perceptions of physical disability. As a woman and artist with a physical disability, and wheelchair user, I face both physical and attitudinal barriers on a daily basis. Persons with disabilities (PWDs) are perceived by others as being objects of pity and fear or seen as "super crips", who deserve attention and praise for having "overcome" their disability. Disability is a lived experience, like any other based on race, gender, sexuality, and is not an illness/problem/condition to be overcome. Instead, society needs to reorient disability as a natural state of being. Through this piece, I hope to show that disability is a social construct, which can be reclaimed through art.

About Jesse Turner

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Jesse has spent many years living overseas. She studied A-level Arts at an International School in Singapore, and has gone on to receive a BA in Conflict Resolution and Psychology from the University of Winnipeg. A long-time researcher and disability activist, Jesse returned to her artistic endeavours in 2014 by participating in Making Our Mark, a mentorship program between the ArtsAccessibility Network Manitoba and Martha Street Studio. In the past, Jesse's mediums of choice have been drawing, painting, printmaking and photography. She is most interested in the intersections of art, disability and identity. Through her artistic practise, Jesse hopes to confront society's idea of disability, reclaim her identity as a disabled artist and build community to honour Disability Pride.