I Am Not Disabled, the Institution is Disabled

  • Performance
The artist Amanda Millis holding hands with two people on the floor lying down in the arms of a giant purple teddy bear in Wellcome Collection's Misbehaving Bodies Exhibition.
© Image courtesy of the artist Amanda Millis.

What you’ll do

Artist Amanda Millis poses the question “How can we find health?” Taking place within ‘Misbehaving Bodies’, Millis’s performance brings together community self-care activities within the gallery space. The performance also highlights the difficulty of finding time for leisure and self-care in the increasingly laborious individualisation of our healthcare system.

This participatory event includes one-to-one conversations with the artist and the support to use gravity blankets, foam rollers, yoga mats and hand-therapy tools. Millis offers the time and space to enact care and health. This performance will also be supported by artist Farrah Riley Gray.

About your artists

Photograph of Amanda Millis

Amanda Millis

Amanda Millis is an artist-writer-educator whose practice explores femme desire, disability, and community-led art making. She currently lectures on the Design Foundation at Brunel, and has exhibited, performed, and taught at the Barbican, the ICA, the Tate Modern, Goldsmiths, and UAL, as well as multiple museums, schools, and galleries in the UK, the US, and Palestine.

Photograph of Farrah Riley Gray

Farrah Riley Gray

Farrah graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with a degree a Fine Art in 2019 where she was the recipient of the Christine Risley Award for outstanding textiles performance. Her practice focuses around the themes of misogynoir, mental health, craft and community. Her practice gives insight to the cultural anxieties that can exist for minority communities, particularly black disabled womxn/non-men. She also works to preserve narratives and create archives in art for those whose histories are absent or whitewashed.