Salamander is a community performance project, created by The Olimpias artist collective, a group of disability culture activists and their allies. We use underwater photography, dry performance workshops, creative writing and video to find our disabled beauty emerging from the deep, the wild aesthetic of water, deforming ourselves through sleek unhinged control.
We surf in the heritage and presence of Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa, Luce Irigaray, Hélène Cixous, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Ana Mendieta, Anne Waldman, Anne McDonald, Margaret Noodin, Alison Kafer and other feminist poet/artist/thinkers who value elemental change and power in the border zones.
Since May 2013, disabled people and their allies from around the world have climbed into pools and oceans with Olimpias collaborators. We float together, enjoy freedom and adventure, help each other, engage in communal self-care, give ourselves to the pressures water exerts on us. We dance at the bottom of our breaths, in precarious zones between life and death.
Salamander runs through Friday, December 5, 2014.