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Show Opportunity for Artist(s)/Student(s)

Published September 26, 2023
A Photographic Installation for the UAB SHP Research Collaborative will be shown during the CEDHARS Symposium that addresses Ableism in Research, Healthcare, and Higher Education being held January 25-26, 2024.

We happily invite artists and/or subjects with or without a disability(s) to submit photographs of their disability themed tattoo for Indelible: Stories of Permanence to be held UAB WHARF at Lakeshore – 3810 Ridgeway Dr. Birmingham, AL 35209 in January of 2024.

Artist(s) and/or individual(s) interested in participating can submit their image as well as a brief summary explaining how their tattoo and disability correspond via Google entry form. 

Indelible: Stories of Permanence is a photographic installation that will remain installed for one year at the UAB SHP Research Collaborative. Once the show is removed, it will be archived, and become property of the University of Alabama- Birmingham. Production of installed images will come at no cost to the artist and/or individual submitting.
Indelible: Stories of Permanence discusses the personal narratives of tattoos belonging to, both the disabled and “for now” non-disabled forms. What does a tattoo mean to the wearer? Does the person wearing the tattoo have a disability? Does the tattoo recall a memory related to disability? Perhaps the non-disabled individual has a tattoo pertaining to disability or a person with a disability who has made an impression on their life? Much like a tattoo or a brief or prolonged interaction with a person – disability is indelible. It is permanent.
Artists wishing to submit should follow the guidelines stated below. 
  1. Subjects should wear black, white, or nude clothing without intricate designs and/or text.  
  2. Acceptable backgrounds for images are black, gray, off-white, or white. 
  3. Please make sure your subject (self) is well lit. 
  4. Submit a maximum of three images (180 – 300 res) – Portrait, Candid, and  Close-up (tattoo).
  5. Include your subject’s tattoo narrative in the Google form.
Submissions open, Friday, September 22nd, 2023 and close, Sunday, October 22nd, 2023 at 11:59PM. Artists/Individuals wanting to submit to Indelible: Stories of Permanence may do so by clicking the link provided belowThose accepted will be notified no later than Wednesday, November 1st, 2023.
INDELIBLE: Stories of Permanence