Painting of man with a sad expression on his face is kneeling in a shady forest and is placing a tree branch inside the front of his shirt. In front of the man, lies a deep blue article of clothing.

Brilliant Imperfection book launch

In partnership with Ryerson University School of Disability Studies and Tangled Art + Disability, Creative Users is celebrating the launch of disability scholar, activist, and poet Eli Clare’s new book, Brilliant Imperfections: Grappling with Cure. Eli Clare will be in attendance reading from his new book as well, there will be copies of Brilliant Imperfection available for purchase.

In Brilliant Imperfection Eli Clare uses memoir, history, and critical analysis to explore cure—the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Cure serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, and prioritizes some lives over others. It provides comfort, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body-mind loss. Clare grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds. The stories he tells range widely, stretching from disability stereotypes to weight loss surgery, gender transition to skin lightening creams. At each turn, Clare weaves race, disability, sexuality, class, and gender together, insisting on the non-negotiable value of body-mind difference. Into this mix, he adds environmental politics, thinking about ecosystem loss and restoration as a way of delving more deeply into cure. Ultimately Brilliant Imperfection reveals cure to be an ideology grounded in the twin notions of normal and natural, slippery and powerful, necessary and damaging all at the same time.

Copies of the book Brilliant Imperfection will be available for sale. (https://eliclare.com/books/brilliant-imperfection)

Accessibility: There will be ASL interpreters present. This event will also be live-streamed (link to event TBA). We ask that you help us make this space scent-free. For more information and/or requests regarding accessibility, please contact Sean at sean@tangledarts.org.

Image credit: Painting of Eli Clare by Riva Lehrer