A sensory experience providing insight into what it is like to live with a hearing loss. Award-winning Sydney-based artist Kate Disher-Quill breaks down taboos and explores deafness and hearing loss through photography, multimedia and installation.
It wasn’t until I was ten years old and given my first pair of hearing aids, that I realised I had a “problem”. I hated the idea that I had a “disability” and I simply denied it. I got through high school and university talking very little about it, and rarely wearing the five pairs of hearing aids I was given over the past sixteen years. Rejecting my deafness and refusing to wear my hearing aids is not something I am particularly proud of, but I have been trying to come to an understanding as to why I bottled it up and denied it for so long. And this project was my way of exploring it in the best way I know how – taking photographs and collecting stories.
Kate Disher-Quill is an award-winning Sydney-based photographer and artist. Working in photography, film and multimedia, her works often explore personal themes around connection, community and visual storytelling. She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, was awarded the 2014 POOL Grant, been shortlisted for the 2012 Head On Portrait Prize and been Highly Commended in the 2012 Soya Awards. Right Hear, Right Now is her first solo exhibition. Right Hear, Right Now was first exhibited at District 01 in Sydney as part of the 2015 Head On Festival and will tour to No Vacancy Gallery in Melbourne during August 2016.
A presentation by Melbourne-based Deaf photographer Ashton Jean-Pierre, followed by an artist talk by Kate Disher-Quill will take place on Sunday 24 April at 2pm.
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