Art Editor for the Deaf Poets Society, MANDEM (FSU Art MFA ’15 Maize Arendsee) is looking for thought-provoking, nuanced art from artists who identify as Deaf, disabled, chronically ill, mentally ill, or neurodiverse, particularly encouraging art dealing with the social construction of disability and works that approach this topic from an intersectional perspective.
The Deaf Poets Society is an arts and literature journal that publishes work by Deaf and disabled writers and artists. The Deaf Poets Society’s manifesto states:
We aim to create a literature of a society with a different center, where the writer with a disability is not literally seated on the floor of the writing workshop while others are seated at the seminar table, where the writer with a disability does not spend years telling stories that make others comfortable, and themselves invisible.
MANDEM’s body of work discusses the absence of respectfully-represented disabled bodies in the Western art canon, and their current Hypermobility painting series works in the tradition of classical realism to show disabled bodies as valid and beautiful.
In Issue 2, MANDEM wrote:
Self-representation matters. We believe that our bodies deserve a place in the theater of thought and that our voices (whether verbal or nonverbal) must be present in the dialogue of the art world.We believe that our bodies deserve a place in the theater of thought and that our voices (whether verbal or nonverbal) must be present in the dialogue of the art world.
MANDEM invites FSU-affiliated artists and writers who identify as part of these communities to submit their work.
To learn more about the Deaf Poets Society, please visit their website.