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  • ASL Interpretation
  • Live Captions

July 26, 2021 - August 20, 2021

Constructed Identities

Hosted by Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture is thrilled to present the solo exhibition Constructed Identities by Persimmon Blackbridge, one of Canada’s most recognized Artists that identifies as living with a disability.

Constructed Identities, a major show of work by Persimmon Blackbridge, uses mixed media wood carving with found objects to question how disability is framed as a fracturing of ordinary life rather than a normal, expected part of it. Her exploration of the figure begins in disability, but necessarily complicates itself as our embodied identities intersect and overlap. 

Join us for a Virtual Walkthrough with our Artistic Director Jenna Reid and Guest Curator Yuri Arajs, livestreaming on Facebook on Wednesday August 18th, 2021 at 7PM (PST)


Pendulum Gallery is free to the public and wheelchair accessible. The exhibition will be available for in-person viewing, following COVID guidelines set out by the province of British Columbia. 

ASL & CART captioning provided for the Virtual Opening & Artist Talk on July 26th.

ASL will not be available for the live streamed event on August 18th, and captioning may not be available. The recorded video will be made available with captioning at a later date.


Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture

PO Box 2749 Station Terminal, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3X2, Canada

Phone number: (604) 343-9141

Email: hello@kickstartdisability.ca

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture, in Vancouver BC, gives artists with disabilities a voice. This can mean everything from facilitating a disability art group, to bringing an international film to Vancouver, to presenting art exhibitions and concerts. We are committed to supporting and promoting artists in every discipline, with all disabilities (and sometimes collaborations with able-bodied artists). We present the best in Vancouver and BC, and where possible, we bring new voices to Vancouver from across the country and around the world. We support artists and develop audiences for an understanding of disability art. Becoming part of the larger picture, of course, means professionalism. Kickstart is also committed to presenting professional work in a professional context. To coin a phrase “authentic non-sentimental expressions of the disability experience”. In programming and curating, we present cutting-edge work as the artists we present offer distinct perspectives on the human experience – risk taking, artistically engaging, socially relevant and at times, challenging. We are a nonprofit Society and a registered federal charity in Canada, with a small staff and a dedicated crew of volunteers. Please check out one of our events and get involved with us!