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Magda Szarota, disability & human rights advocate, disability studies researcher, non-governmental organization (NGO) executive & a photographer.
Artist statement: Succinct. Loaded. Disorientating. That is my way of trying to use poems to probe what it means to feel ‘whole’ and in tune with oneself vis-à-vis delineations and interventions imposed by medicine and culture. Specifically, as a disabled woman with invisible impairments I often face people’s reactions that meander between harsh ableism and privileged treatment. Contradictory lived experiences that are interconnected with my ‘untypical’ and non-apparent impairments inform my poetry as well.