Ezra Benus’s multimedia practice concerns relationships and intimacies of power, care, and pain, and questions the constructions of time related to values of normativity and productivity. Benus’s practice is cradled by embedded Jewishness, queerness, and sickness as purviews and navigational tools in this world. In these three risographs, Benus documents a process of chronic illness, showing how medical care, even when necessary, can blur individuality. In these images, both the cared for and the carers are represented mostly by limbs. The titles of the pieces beckon to the interdependence of medical care.
About This Site
A Picture of Health: Jo Spence, a Politics of Disability and Illness is a multi-pronged project curated by Kenny Fries and Elisabeth Frost.
In 1986 the British artist, educator, and activist Jo Spence (1934-1992) described the question fundamental to her work: “how to represent a body in crisis.” Spence’s work reveals powerful political and artistic responses to the experience of inhabiting such a body and is as timely as ever. This website places her work in the context of the lived experience of chronic illness and of contemporary Disability Arts.