This work demonstrates an interest in how we conceal and reveal aspects of our identities, specifically through signifiers of disability — in this piece, using hands that are atrophied by a neuromuscular condition. The film becomes an investigation of a new way to represent disability in conversation with the symbols, colors, and gestures of classical art, where positive representations of disability are largely absent. The film hand model accentuates how disabled gestures and ways of gripping objects tend to reference the hands found frequently in Renaissance-era paintings. In the film, objects that symbolize beauty, femininity, or sexuality are used, positioning disability in realms where it is traditionally excluded.
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