"I strongly believe that every work of art made by a disabled person is already disabled art, regardless of its thematic content. Same goes for any other defining element of one's identity. Who we are is not something we can put aside. All my work is Jewish because I am Jewish. All my art is queer art because I am queer.
Artists of various minority identities are unfortunately often expected to commodify their experiences of trauma and disenfranchisement if they wish to get artistic career opportunities. Therefore, I find it important to advocate for giving artists the freedom to tell their stories in ways that fit them best."
Image: 'Strange Beauty' by Stav Meishar, WAIWAV 2022
Stav 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.
Stav's intervention 'Strange Beauty' took place at Arnolfini, Bristol. Find out more.
Visit the Project website waivav.org
Visit the DASH Project page