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!
Concept 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.
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).
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!
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".
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.
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 )
Forgive me, but I'd like to respectfully disagree with the message here.
Saying that that someone is "disabled" is fairly clear and accurate at describing the person; there is some common ability which they either lack entirely or have trouble with. Calling them "differently abled" sounds like they either have something that makes up for the missing ability (not in the manner of deaf people seeming to have an advantage with sight and touch, but more in the sense of an armless man playing guitar with his feet; they still get everything just fine, they just do it different way). I also heard a comedian once comment that "differently abled" makes them sound like they have superpowers (it's silly, yes, but there are those who would see it that way). There are also those - folks you might call bigots, though I have known many who are quite nice - who think the term "differently abled" is altogether stupid, and that an apple should be called an apple.
It's not the word that needs to change - it's how much thought people put into it. Maybe "differently abled" could be applied to those individuals who do find creative ways around their disability (like the armless man who plays guitar with his feet), but for those who need a little help or patience, "disabled" is accurate.
Actually, I thin things would improve if more people thought of more others as disabled, rather than simply writing certain people off as stupid, lazy, whiny, etc, when the cause may actually be something medical, beyond the person's control.
I do think though that maybe my interpretation of being disabled isn't so literal to the meaning of being handicapped, it's more towards having an impairment. People categorise it as being disabled, it is a stereotype.
I agree with you. A few months ago I finally went blind in my right eye, and I will be the first to admit that I am, indeed, disabled. I lack the ability to see, and I do not have any other ability to make up for it. I find the "treat every person the same regardless of any factor" mentality more insulting than I people who will try to assist me because of my disability.
I do believe everyone should be treated equally, and I'm sorry to hear about what happened to you. 'Disabled' is a broad definition, in regards to you it is an impairment, I don't think your are disabled (meaning having no ability to do anything, you are still physically able). People stereotype those with 'impairments' as not being able to function at all.
I agree to this, it's only a lessical thing. I'm very emotionally near to disabled people, I'm not insulting anyone as I have a great consideration of them, they're even stronger than "normal" people, their willpower is admirable.
It's sooo true. I have ADHD which is considered a learning disability. It can make it tricky for me when writing or typing and doing math. I tried meds when I was younger- went from failing math to getting a 98 big diff! But I didn't feel like meds were a solution- especially when the list grows every year I take them. So I got a really cool doctor whose whole idea was to turn my weaknesses and my ADHD into a tool. Now, nearly a decade later, I just graduated from my second degree with all A+'s. I am a teacher, and I'm able to multi-task like nobodies business. The kids joke that I have eyes in the back of my head when really ADHD just helps me be aware of everything at once. It also gave me great insight into learning styles, other disabilities, and behavioural problems. I can really relate to my students- and I have learned a lot of tricks I can pass on.
I also have chronic illness. At times it feels like a disability. However it has shaped me into who I am today. I wouldn't have empathy without it.
I admire you and I'm proud of you. It's really the essence of what I had in mind for this concept, 'disability' is a broad word which some people think it means not being able to do anything or not being able to work through their challenges. You found a way to make it a strength and that's a great thing! Thanks for sharing that with me!
I really hope you continue to be successful, happy and healthy!
"Disabled" is offensive now? I remember the big campaign to start using "disabled" instead of "handicapped". A person confined to a wheelchair isn't "differently abled." They aren't able in ways more fortunate people are not. They are less abled. They are at a disadvantage. You know what's a good word for that? Handicapped.
I don't find the word "disabled" offensive, because, hey, I am. I don't like the term "handicapped". Handicaps are in golf.
I also find the term "differently abled" offensive, because it's not like I can sprout wings and fly instead of walking. It's not like I have some natural amazing inborn ability to substitute for what I can no longer do.
I keep feeling like "differently abled" is something abled people say to soothe themselves, but I can't figure out why it's soothing. I don't like how people look at me and go, "Oh, you're just 'differently abled'!" and expect me to be able to keep up with them, or not have incredibly hard days when I can't even get out of bed, etc.
I don't want to be anyone's inspiration-porn, because I DO have incredibly hard days... but at the same time, I don't want to be painted as something pitiful, because I also have my good days.
friend, tell me, how many people with physical disability's did you talk to before you posted this comment? and tell me, did you talk to the artist of this picture before you made this comment? did you ask him/her if this was purely about physical disability's?
whats that? you didn't ask anyone? Then tell me friend, how, HOW CAN YOU SPEAK FOR THEM?
I am not offended by your opinion, i am offended that you stated your opinion as a fact. How can you say that "Disabled" is unoffensive if YOU YOURSELF are not disabled? I can understand why people don't understand why "disability" is offensive, but you haven't been in there shoes, you don't know that they have been through, so don't speak for them.