Panel: Dis_rupting the museum

Date: October 20, 2022 - October 20, 2022
Location: UK

How are Deaf and disabled performing artists challenging the ways we think about art and its spaces?

 A female performer lounges seductively in a purple lit scene.
Chiara Bersani, Seeking Unicorns: photo Alice Brazzit

Our experience of galleries and museums are dominated by normative bodies. But which bodies are not present and what are disabled artists doing to change this?

Inspired by Italian dance artist Chiara Bersani’s upcoming performances of Seeking Unicorns at this year’s Dance Umbrella Festival, this panel discussion brings together European choreographers whose work engages with museums and galleries. Chiara is joined in conversation by Serbian disabled dancemaker and choreographer Dalibor Šandor, and British Deaf performance artist and art guide Chisato Minamimura.

This is a multinational reflection on how Deaf and disabled performing artists are challenging the ways we think about art spaces, in an exploration of their work.

This event is a collaboration with the National Gallery and the British Council, in the context of Europe Beyond Access: a multi-country programme supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, which seeks to break the glass-ceilings of contemporary culture for Deaf and disabled artists.

About the Panellists +

Chiara Bersani

Chiara Bersani is an Italian performer and author, active in the fields of performing arts, research theatre and contemporary dance. She tours internationally as an interpreter, director and choreographer, moving through different languages. For her work, Gentle Unicorn, Bersani won an Italian UBU Award for best new actress/performer under 35, as well as first prize in the dance category of the Total Theatre Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019.

Chisato Minamimura

Chisato Minamimura is a Deaf performance artist and art guide born in Japan and now based in London. She trained at Trinity Laban in London, has a BA in Japanese Painting and an MA from Yokohama National University. She has created, promoted, performed and taught in over 40 locations across 20 countries, with various performance projects including 3 years as a company member of internationally renowned Candoco Dance Company. Her practice meshes work in visual sound and music, Sign Mime, BSL art guide, digital and performance to explore human sensory experience.

Dalibor Šandor

Dalibor Šandor is a performer and member of Per.Art, a group of disabled and non-disabled artists. He is interested in video games, fantasy and horror genres, self-advocacy and in reflecting on the social reality of disabled people in Serbia. In 2021, he created a lecture performance Something very special in collaboration with Saša Asentić, Marcel Bugiel, and Frosina Dimovska. In 2019, he realised his idea for a performance We are not monsters in collaboration with Xavier LeRoy, Olivera Kovačević Crnjanski, Alexandre Achour, Scarlet Yu, Saša Asentić and Per.Art group.

Venue & Access Info +

Please note the location of this event is not signposted on the National Gallery’s floorplans. The Trafalgar Room can be found on Level 1 of The Sainsbury Wing.

The National Gallery aims to make access to the paintings enjoyable and welcoming to the widest possible public. There are a range of facilities to help you see the collection, visit exhibitions and come to events.

Visit the National Gallery website for detailed access information.