Performance: SINS INVALID perform 'An unshamed claim to beauty in the face of invisibility' at the AGO

Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 23:00 to Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 02:00

Come and celebrate Disability Awareness Month with California-based SINS INVALID, performing excerpts from ‘An unshamed claim to beauty in the face of invisibility' at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the Weston Family Learning Centre. 

The show will open with a performance from Toronto-based artist Masti Khor and a screening of the internationally acclaimed documentary, Our Compass

Sins Invalid, including cast members Alex Carafelli, Leah Lakshmi, Piepzna-Samarasinha and Leroy Moore, will follow this. 

The event is FREE, is wheelchair accessible, and has ASL interpretation and Attendant care.

SINS INVALID is a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Their performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body. Conceived and led by disabled people of color, they develop and present cutting-edge work where normative paradigms of "normal" and "sexy" are challenged, offering instead a vision of beauty and sexuality inclusive of all individuals and communities. Find out more about Sins Invalid:

This event is a part of the New College Speakers Series in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, The School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University and is an official event of both RyeAccess' Reclaiming our bodies and minds conference, and the University of Toronto's Equity Studies Students Union's Disability Studies Week 2012. It is also sponsored by Students for Barrier-free Access (U of T), Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (U of T), R3 Collective, Ontario Rainbow Alliance for the Deaf, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education (OISE), Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies (U of T), and the Griffin Centre.

Sins Invalid will also be hosting a Disability Justice Workshop on Friday, March 16th, 2012 at Heaslip House - Ryerson University from 2:30pm to 4:30 pm. Please join us for an engaging, interactive workshop about the emerging framework of Disability Justice as central to the success of our broader social justice movements. No longer accepting disability within a framework of "individual" struggle, the crew at Sins Invalid address disability within a broader social context that includes race, gender, class, and sexuality. This workshop will be co-facilitated by Patty Berne and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha with Leroy Moore, Alex Cafarelli, Maria Palacios, and Ralph Dickinson leading small group discussion. Registration is mandatory - please register by emailing

Contact: Isabel Mackenzie Lay
U of T Disability Studies Communications


Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St. West Beverly Street entrance
M5T 1G4 Toronto , ON
43° 39' 13.7556" N, 79° 23' 37.3308" W
Ontario CA
Isabel Mackenzie Lay (Izzy Mackenzie)

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