Southbank Centre celebrates work from disabled artists on the climate crisis and identity

Keep 7-11 September clear, asSouthbank Centre’s biennial Unlimited festival is returning for its first in-person event since 2018 with a multi art form programme. The exhibition will showcase the work of artists who identify as being disabled, D/deaf, neurodivergent and those experiencing chronic illness or mental health conditions. From an art installation linking global shrinking ecosystems to hearing loss, to one artist’s response to the disability created through badly designed societies, Unlimited’s roster is full of work touching upon pertinent, pressing issues. The climate crisis, identity and marginalised experiences are all to be explored, as well as how our society currently frames these subjects.
Though this year’s festival marks a return to in-person activities, Southbank Centre has also ensured an increased focus on digital access with 11 events which can be experienced digitally at home. Plus, over 50 per cent of Unlimited’s events and displays are free to attend. Immersive, compelling and occasionally satirical, the programmes teased so far suggest a festival not to be missed.
Among the line-up, Jameisha Prescod’s poetic essay film On Black Pain tells intimate stories of three Black people living with chronic pain, “while reflecting on the colonial past of modern medicine”, a Southbank Centre press release states. Also on the screen is Christopher Samuel’s The Archive of An Unseen, which tells the artist’s life story growing up as a disabled, Black child from a working-class background in the 1980s in the UK. A series of films commissioned by Unlimited will also be available to watch for free for the duration of the festival on subjects spanning Welsh rainforests, chronic pain and endometriosis.

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