Human First?

Human First? is a new exhibition at The Dax Centre by artist Güler Altunbas. Human First? pairs video interviews with digital portraits to tell the stories of ten disabled artists.
Human First? is disability-led story-telling, through the medium of digital art. 
This exhibition examines the artistic experience of people who identify as D/deaf & disabled, chronically ill, neurodiverse or who have lived experience of mental health issues. The artist aims to bring together a diverse cross-section of other art-makers to demonstrate the richness in cultures within the disability community. 
“I have been creating artworks for more than 10 years, my practice covering a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, digital artwork, the written word, painting and broadcasting. I have worked with and beside a huge number of disabled artists over that time, most of whom are still invisible to the wider art community. Human First? will showcase a cross section of these artists, showing the diverse ways in which disabled artists practice and interact within the arts in Melbourne.” – Güler Altunbas

About the artist:

Güler Altunbas is a Melbourne-based artist practicing in a variety of media: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and digital technologies. She has an extensive history as an advocate for the prevention of violence against women and children and successfully brings her personal lived experience to her art practice. Güler’s strong links to human rights and associated social and political issues continues to inform her contemporary art practice.


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