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My Dearest Friends Project

DisArt and Oaklee Thiele

DisArt and Oaklee Thiele launched the My Dearest Friends Project in March 2020, an archive of candid illustrations of stories, sentiments and emotions shared by the disability community confronted with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The crowd-sourced subject matter of the artwork is intended to unite the global disability community while at the same time documenting this moment in history and preserving our culture. Disabled people from around the world have been sharing submissions confronting the extreme marginalization, isolation and discrimination facing them because of the pandemic. Testimonials have been illustrated by Thiele in a black and white, candid, gestural sketch and posted on the My Dearest Friends Project Instagram. This physical installation is symbolic of disability presence in public spaces, and its scale will act as an exaggerated, aesthetic counterbalance to the lack of disability presence in the real spaces of cities across the country.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
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  • Year created: 2020
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About DisArt and Oaklee Thiele

DisArt, the Grand Rapids-based Disability Arts organization, collaborated with artist and disabled advocate, Oaklee Thiele, to create the My Dearest Friends Project in March 2020.