THE BLACK TRIANGLE ARTS COLLECTIVE (BTAC)
Led by disabled-identified co-curators Elizabeth Sweeney and Syrus Marcus Ware, BTAC is dedicated to supporting the work of disabled, Deaf, mad and sick artists in Canada.
BTAC explores the complex intersection of diverse identities and experiences through a disability lens. We are inspired by radical disability justice theory, critical prisoners justice theory and activism and the important work of black feminist scholars, including Kimberle Crenshaw (Stanford, 1991) and the Combahee River Collective.(1977) These scholars articulate the need for a consideration of the intersectional experiences of those living on the margins, in particular black and Indigenous Deaf and disabled people and disabled and Deaf people of colour. Human bodies and minds come in a variety of forms and manifestations and the ways that our identities intersect and overlap with other experiences of racialization, class, gender, body size, and other forms of difference are opportunities for learning, activism, resistance and celebration. We resist, fight back, redefine, reclaim, and re-remember from these intersections. It is from this place that we are at our most powerful to fight back and resist marginalization within social structures and institutions designed to support the social construction of disability.