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Differently abled not disabled by FaMz Differently abled not disabled by FaMz

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Differently abled not disabled

This is my MINOR project I did for my BFA degree in Graphic Design called human INSIDE. Currently on exhibit in Barbados. All photos and concepts are original and done by myself.

The set up is an installation piece, where the images are suspended one after the other, it is meant to be an interactive campaign where people walk through, observe and see 7 phases of discrimination unfolding. To the back of the images are quotes which conveys the message of the each photo essay. The images presented in the series are meant to be interpreted personally and ambiguously. There is a video at the end which shows the transitions from one image to the other to relate the story.

Please share it and spread the message of anti-discrimination and let others know the ugliness of discrimination, we can all work together and put an end to this!


human INSIDE is an anti-discrimination campaign which aims to raise awareness of discrimination and hopefully reduce discrimination as much as possible.

Instead of using people, inanimate objects became the subjects of the photo essays. Each essay tells a story that relates to results of discrimination or how it unfolds.

Faheema Patel. All rights reserved. These images presented in the human Inside series are part of a campaign and are copyrighted to me and cannot be used in any way without my written consent. It is NOT stock. I retain all rights to all my images and written/published works, you DO NOT have the right to copy, sell, distribute, reproduce, nor alter my images or written work in any way. My work does not belong to the public domain.
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CharissaKlassen Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
aHaze Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student General Artist
This is really controversial, and I'm stunned by the lack of criticism.
Of course there are a lot of different opinion on this, but maybe, as someone who obviously tries to understand the struggles of disabled people, you might wanna try and have a look into why the word disabled is the correct word, and differently abled can actually be hurtful. (Not dismissing the fact that you tried, though. But most (if not all) disabled folk I know prefer disabled, not differently abled, for very legitimate reasons).
FaMz Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I didn't do this with the idea to be insulting, it was actually done to be the opposite because I have seen persons with disabilities treated like they are not like the others. My way of portraying the message was to show they are just as able as any normal person just able in another way, not only physically but mentally.

I respect everyone's opinion, but my meaning is not like how you are thinking :) Thanks for the feedback!
aHaze Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I understand, but the problem, especially with pictures is: Intend is not magical. In fact, intend doesn't matter much if the message isn't understood AT ALL. (If you want to get a glimpse at what disabled people think of the picture take a look here: [link] )
There are other ways to portrait your intend. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate that people try, of course, but I just think you may lack a lot of background knowledge about this topic to really get it right, so my advice is to do a bit more research on that topic before you think you have something meaningful to say about it...? There are a lot of blogs and articles that deal with "inspiration porn" and the way disabled people are presented in the media, all in good intend, but the way it happens is still harmful in the end.
Because... Disabled people are in fact NOT as able as other people. The difference between disabled and able-bodied people is NOT that disabled people magically get a different set of abilities once they become disabled. But that doesn't define their worth as a human being. You can be not able to do something and still be worth something as a human being. Some people are unable to even leave their bed, maybe even, to do anything at all- it still doesn't define their worth as a human being. Everyone deserves respect, no matter if they're not able to do something or anything at all. The disabled community does not only consists of people who have lost a leg or an arm, but had the means to overcome this and be a... I dunno, athlete or something. There are also parts of the disabled community who are not as fortunate to be somehow "able in another way".
FaMz Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
I understand your point, I think you are dwelling more on the emotional level, which I don't think is bad, but in essence it was meant to raise awareness and basically bring to light things that are overlooked and stereotyped, this isn't only one image, but it was displayed as a series. You can pick at very little details and go into a big debate about what it should mean, isn't art a medium for expression? At the end of it all, it's a conceptual, personal piece and for me it was a way to get some kind of response towards one of the subjects that I believe are overlooked.

You may understand the message differently than others, and that's okay, everyone isn't going to see it the way you do for you to say I didn't get my message across...did I really not get ANY message across? The point being is, what really is the message to the viewer.

I didn't say anything else but the words I left, viewers have their own discretion to interpret it and reflect on the meaning, at least it gets them to think.
DemonMathiel Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Photographer
Conceptual DD summary - September 2012 [link]
FaMz Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the DD! just discovered this! :heart:
mando1234 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
مواقف من سيرته الطيبة

من أقواله وهو يشجع المسلمين على رعاية اليتامى.. قال: "أنَا وكَافِلُ اليَتِيمِ فِي الجَنَّةِ كَهَاتَيْنِ، وَأَشَارَ بِأُصْبُعَيْهِ يَعْنِي السَّبَّابَةَ وَالْوُسْطَى"

it is his words which encourages Muslims to care for orphans .. He said: "I am the one who sponsors an orphan in Paradise like these two, and pointed Bosbaahi means the index and middle"

A Mercy for Children :

Allah's Messenger was particularly compassionate towards children. When he saw a child crying, he sat beside him or her and shared his or her feelings. He felt the pain of a mother for her child more than the mother herself. Once he said: “I stand in prayer and wish to prolong it. However, I hear the cry of a child and cut the prayer short for the anxiety which the mother is feeling.” (Al-Bukhari)

He would take children in his arms and embrace them. He was once hugging his beloved grandsons, Hasan and Hussain, when Aqrah bin Haabis told him, ‘I have got ten children. So far, I have not kissed any of them.’ Allah’s Messenger responded: “The one with no pity for others is not pitied.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

الرحمة بالاطفال
كان الرسول صل الله عليه وسلم شغوفا بالاطفال . فانه عندما كان يجد طفلا بكى كان يجلس بحواره او بجوارها ويشاركهم مشاعرهم .
وكان يشعر بألم الام فى خوفها على طفلها اكثر منها
حيث قال "إِنِّي لأَدْخُلُ فِي الصَّلاةِ وَأَنَا أُرِيدُ إِطَالَتَهَا فَأَسْمَعُ بُكَاءَ الصَّبِيِّ فَأَتَجَوَّزُ فِي صَلاتِي مِمَّا أَعْلَمُ مِنْ شِدَّةِ وَجْدِ أُمِّهِ مِنْ بُكَائِهِ"
وانه عليه الصلاة والسلام كان يحب الاطفال ويحتضنهم, ففى مرة دخل عليه الاقرع بن حابس ووجده يحتضن احفاده الحسن والحسين فقال له إن لي عشرة من الولد ما قبَّلتُ منهم أحدًا، فنظر إليه رسول الله فقال: "من لا يَرحم لا يُرحم"
(صحيح بخارى ومسلم )

Shouzou Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I'm deaf and hard of hearing and people assume I'm mentally retarded. And beleive me, some of my teachers told me i'm supposed to be stupid, not smart. :/

Thank oyu and i'm so happy this is a DD.
FaMz Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Try the best that you can, and don't let what others think of you get you down :)

Thank you! :heart:
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