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How We Touch / How We Survive (still image from performance video), by Georgia Cranko, 2018
9 Mar 2018

Performance video

Artist's Statement from the Onion Reality Exhibition

“...failure to stabilise closeness always haunts its persistent activity…”  Lauren Berlant

Our latent vulnerability keeps us separate from each other, but also binds us together. All human bodies are stunningly precarious, because they are in a constant state of flux, and always at risk of falling apart. Disabled bodies can’t conceal this underlying vulnerability, so they necessarily disrupt superficial boundaries of relating. They readily expose the inherent relationships between a subject and an object, between fragility and bravery, and between vulnerability and resilience. Our ability to survive is contingent on our closeness to others. Through relating and touching, we are able to affirm, maintain and salvage the importance of our chaotic lives and intimate worlds. So, the perceived dependency that visibly disabled bodies convey, actually offers an openness, a rare honesty and humility about intimacy, and having generosity in creating something shared. It shows the intrinsic queerness of care and love.


How We Touch / How We Survive, by Georgia Cranko, 2018, was exhibited at the Onion Reality exhibition at Front Up, 9 – 11 Rowley Street, Seven Hills, NSW, from 27 February to 3 March, 2018. Georgia was a participant in the Emerge 2017 program supported by Ability Options, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Accessible Arts. It is funded by Ability Options, the Packer Family Foundation and Crown Resorts Foundation. The program is focused on supporting practicing artists with disability.

For more information on the work of Georgia Cranko, please contact Front Up.

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