'So often being dyslexic is framed as ‘not-knowing,’ ‘disability’ or needing fixing but this project has taken the other position that dyslexics are the experts about their lived experiences. Through collaborative exploration using digital collage this exhibition explores what it means to think as a dyslexic from a dysleXic perspective.'
These are the words of Dr Ruth Gibbons who has curated this intriguing new exhibition at the Franklin Arts Centre.
A workshop is also in the works and details will be announced soon:
'Being DysleXic' is an introduction to dyslexic knowledge and will focus on lived experiences and discussing NZ experiences of being dyslexic. There will be a chance to explore what it means to be dyslexic in an active and flexible workshop where your experiences as a dyslexic is empowered and those who have no experience of dyslexia can come and learn. The workshop is dysleXic-centric privileging dysleXic ways of seeing the world. Exhibition details: Franklin Arts Centre Community Gallery 12 Massey Ave Pukekohe
October 14th to November 14th 2020
Dr Ruth Gibbons
Ruth Gibbons is a Visual/ Sensory anthropologist who is interested in interior dialogue, memory, imagination, silences and bodily perception through a collaborative arts practice. Her work centres around a multi-layered multi-media approach to understanding lived experience by using digital animation, sculpture, soundscapes, experimental film and digital collage to explore peoples lived experiences. Ruth currently teaches courses in Anthropology at Massey University, Auckland. Her interest continues in understanding dyslexia from a dyslexic point of view which began during her PhD whilst doing research in NZ and the UK. The current project explored dyslexic thinking from a dyslexic perspective.