Irreverant and unexpected takes on the legacies of war and disability
When two million newly disabled British ex-servicemen returned from the First World War, society’s attitudes to disability had to change.
From a cast of animated disabled soldiers to a chaotic WW1 hospital and the heroic figures depicted on war memorials, these films from five contemporary disabled artists - Katherine Araniello, Jez Colborne in collaboration with Mind the Gap, Claire Cunningham, Tony Heaton and Simon Mckeown - present warm, witty and poignant perspectives on war and disability.
Does it Matter?
Does it matter? - losing your legs?...
For people will always be kind,
And you need not show that you mind
When the others come in after hunting
To gobble their muffins and eggs.
Does it matter? - losing your sight?...
There’s such splendid work for the blind;
And people will always be kind,
As you sit on the terrace remembering
And turning your face to the light.
Do they matter? - those dreams from the pit?...
You can drink and forget and be glad,
And people won’t say that you’re mad;
For they’ll know you’ve fought for your country
And no one will worry a bit.
Siegfried Sassoon (1917)
Produced by Artsadmin and Zenoki. Co-commissioned by Channel 4 and 14 - 18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions.
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