June 6, 2016 by: Natalie Fleming
Ill at Ease: Dis-ease in Art is an exhibition centered around the topic of illness—biological, physical, mental, societal, environmental—and, paradoxically, health. Bound up in an often tense position within American culture, illness and health structure the ways we interact with the others, society, and the world. This exhibition explores how illness, far from being a stable category, shifts according to ever changing societal anxieties and reveals the limitations of the collective and individual human body. Illness, in the name of health, is often denied, rendered invisible, and shunned. Ill at Ease aims to make illness visible, to explore our fraught and complicated relationships to it.
Ill at Ease will look at ways illness is moralized, used as metaphor, “othered,” disruptive, or assimilated and normalized to unpack the discomfort that has been built up around the ill body. We are currently soliciting submissions for consideration in inclusion in the exhibition. Artwork that explores illness from a variety of vantage points are encouraged, including but not limited to caregiver, patient, survivor, etc. Works can connect to the thesis in variety of ways. All mediums of work will be considered, including but not limited to sculpture, painting, drawings, video, new media, and performance.
Ill at Ease is UB Department of Art Gallery’s 2016-2017 Graduate Curatorial Project. In this annual program, graduate students are invited to submit ideas for an exhibition that demonstrates significant educational, artistic, and/or cultural value for the UB and larger Western New York community.