Co-hosted by the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson and Creative Users, Tangled Art + Disability is celebrating the launch of disability scholar, activist, and poet Eli Clare's new book, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure.
In Brilliant Imperfection, Eli Clare uses memoir, history, and critical analysis to explore cure—the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Cure serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, and prioritizes some lives over others. It provides comfort, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body-mind loss. Clare grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds. The stories he tells range widely, stretching from disability stereotypes to weight loss surgery, gender transition to skin lightening creams. At each turn, Clare weaves race, disability, sexuality, class, and gender together, insisting on the non-negotiable value of body-mind difference. Into this mix, he adds environmental politics, thinking about ecosystem loss and restoration as a way of delving more deeply into cure. Ultimately Brilliant Imperfection reveals cure to be an ideology grounded in the twin notions of normal and natural, slippery and powerful, necessary and damaging all at the same time.
Copies of the book Brilliant Imperfection will be available for sale through Glad Day Books. (https://eliclare.com/books/brilliant-imperfection)
This event is happening as part of the School of Disability Studies Summer Institute.
This event is happening in Uban Space Gallery, on the main floor of the 401 Richmond. The venue is barrier-free and service animals are welcome. ASL interpretation and attendant care will be provided. We ask for everyone to support a scent-free environment. This session will be live streamed as well as recorded and made available to those who are unable to attend.
For more information and/or requests regarding accessibility, please contact Sean at [email protected]