Tues 28th May 2019
The exhibition, Williamson’s largest solo showing to date, featured a new commission by Attenborough Arts Centre, ‘Inspiration Archives’. Williamson’s eclectic practice spans performance, objects, place and space, and is informed both by his experience of becoming deaf and his politicized yet humorous approach to disability.
‘Inspiration Archives’ brings together never-before-seen collections of objects, artefacts, ephemera, film footage and photography, which document the lives of several historically overlooked personalities. Those featured include Deaf wrestler Cain in Chains; Charlotte Waterton, the granddaughter of historic zoological illustrator William Waterton, who documented abnormal behavior in animals; and paraplegic traveler and explorer ‘Parachute Susan’ O’Sullivan.
To accompany the ‘Inspirational Archives’ installation, Attenborough Arts Centre and Aaron Williamson have collaborated to curate a retrospective of his past solo and collaborative projects, including film, performance, objects, text and photography.