(dis)Abled Inside Out – An Art Project With Purpose

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A cause worthy of your time will be taking place at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place this May the 30th. (dis)Abled Inside Out – a large-scale participatory art project, is a collaboration between the French artist and creator of the campaign JR. Who won the TED prize in 2011 when he launched INSIDE OUT and Miss Leopoldine Huyghes Despointes an actor and producer known for her work in Atlantic Avenue and Rabbit.

May 30th, is the first “Gathering Day” at Brookfield Place New York – the aim is to photograph at least 400 portraits of individuals that are directly and indirectly involved with (dis)abilities. To change the world’s perception about people with physical (dis)abilities.

Each InsideOut gives anyone the opportunity to share their portrait, and take part in a unique art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of public artwork.

There will be four different stations for people to have the opportunity to take portraits. Inside there will be three photo booths indoors, and the InsideOut Photo Booth truck outside. In addition to the portrait opportunity there will be a DJ booth outdoors for everyone to enjoy.

Over multiple Gathering Days, and other events, they expect to gather over 3000 portraits. In October, 2015, INSIDE OUT will post all the portraits as a public exhibition in a symbolic location in New York City.


The Every Day struggles of (dis)ABLED New Yorkers should not be overlooked.

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(Dis)abled is not part of Leopoldine’s vocabulary. “With a physical disability or not, we all are humans!” Through the abled InsideOut project, Leopoldine has the aim to change the world’s perception about people with physical disabilities. It is about inspiring everyone to pursue their own dreams – Leopoldine

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We sat down with Leopoldine to find out a little more about the project, and to gain a better understanding about her goals and views on societies interactions with (dis)ABLED people.

Steven: What advice would you give someone who was recently (dis)abled? 

Leopoldine: I would tell them to remain surrounded by family and friends and keep a positive lifestyle. Don’t underestimate the mind’s ability to overcome adversity. We’ve done a few photoshoots already for our (dis)ABLED InsideOut project, and in the process have met extraordinary people: lawyers, dancers, athletes, housewives… A (dis)ability doesn’t mean you have to change, or that you shouldn’t aim for the same goals you had before.

Steven:  What one thing would you change about New York City to help the (dis)abled in their every day lives.

Leopoldine: I really believe that through this fantastic work of public art and through the movement we are creating, people with (dis)abilities can be seen, be heard and call for a change. A lot has to be changed, from the perception of disabilities to infrastructures. The first thing I would love to help change is the overall accessibility of the City.

Steven: You’ve traveled around the world. Do you think America is progressive when it comes to (dis)ABLED people? 

Leopoldine: It’s difficult to generalise, as the US is so vast. Some cities are more progressive than others (Miami or Chicago are more accessible than Boston or New York). Apparently Seattle and Denver are making huge progress.

When it comes to Europe, well, European cities have lots of historical buildings that cannot really be changed. Paris or Rome are cities where it could be really difficult for a wheelchair user to get around. However, London is way easier for a wheelchair user.

In the future, I would love to work on improving accessibility in the Third World Countries. I have been traveling around the Middle East and can assure you that lots needs to be done.

But overall, it’s (New York) not nearly progressive enough. For me the biggest problem is the stigma that is attached to people with (dis)abilities. They’re often seen as problems, and are undervalued by society. (dis)ABLED InsideOut is about changing public attitudes and empowering (dis)abled people within themselves as well as their communities.

The first Gathering Day will be held in New York City on May 30th!

Sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/N17RUOYV6A

Brookfield Place
230 Vesey St.
New York, NY 10281
11am – 7pm

Find out more about us and the movement 

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