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Sam Metz

"My rationale responds to the premise of ‘neuroqueering’ (a term first coined by Nick Walker) which seeks to undermine or subvert dominant structures that remain hostile to non-normative neurodivergent bodyminds. I am interested in exploring the idea of ‘hostile’ spaces through my work with a particular focus on what relational connections mean within ecology.

In my socially engaged practice I am interested in exploring/ co-producing and defining new moralities for social structures that are safer for neurodivergent people.

In my sculptural work I investigate how the human body is open to its surroundings, incorporating shaped materials, unpredictable movement and neurodivergence."
Sam Metz

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Sam stands in a large white gallery space. They have blond shoulder length hair and wear a black t-shirt, jeans and boots. They are surrounded by three large sculptures made from slatted pieces of wood.

Image: Fleeting interruptions, failures, aberrations, Sam Metz

Sam was one of 31 d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent artists to take part in the DASH award wining project: We Are Invisible We Are Visible (WAIWAV).

The artists staged Dada inspired interventions in 30 museums and galleries across Britain and Northern Ireland on 2 July 2022 only​​​​​​​, marking the 102nd anniversary of the 1st Dada International Exhibition in Berlin.

Sam's intervention; 'Fleeting interruptions, failures, aberrations', took place at Leeds Art Gallery. Read More.

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