Katherine Araniello is a London-based performance and video artist, who uses subversive humour in response to the mundane, social awkwardness and the negative representation of disability. She twists impossible tasks, taboos and the everyday into works which are never quite as they seem and are constantly challenging notions of ability. No-one is exempt and everyone is under scrutiny. Araniello uses improvisation, interaction and the use of technology to create unpredictable scenarios that can range from large scale productions to DIY. Araniello also runs workshops under the banner of ‘I Can’t Dance’.
Araniello also works under a number of guises, including as SickBitchCrips (SBC), a persona that allows her to present disability in outrageous and politically incorrect ways, provoking audiences to reassess their own notions of disability in contemporary society. She also works with Aaron Williamson as The Disabled Avant-Garde (DAG), a satirical arts organisation, creating pitch-black and self-knowing performances, videos and interventions.
Her work has been shown internationally at galleries and festivals including; Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The Nunnery, the Canadian Arts and Disability Festival, ICA, Purcell Room at Southbank Centre, Hitparaden - an international festival for performance at the Pumpehuset in Copenhagen and at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Michigan.
Katherine Araniello is an Artsadmin Associate Artist and is on the board of the Live Art Development Agency. She holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Photo: Rachel Cherry
The Dinner Party Revisited, 2014, The Southbank Centre, London
Photo: Rachel Cherry
Press Comments & Testimonials
Katherine Araniello is a leading light of the Disability Arts and Live Arts Scenes and deservingly so. She challenges and pokes fun at the stereotypes of disability with a surgical eye forcing the audience, non-disabled and disabled alike, to reconsider their preconceptions.
- Mik Scarlet, Huffington Post