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Vari(A)bilities V: “A Faux Memoir: Sex Work/Disability/Fetish/Capital by Amber DiPietra”

June 12 : 11:00 am - 12:15 pm


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Vari(A)bilities V: Exhibiting Humanity; Inhabiting the Body
June 10-12 // Hosted on Zoom

Email education@ringling.org to receive Zoom Info

We invite the public to attend these free public keynote,
workshop, and performance events associated with the conference.

Vari(A)bilities V is Co-Hosted by New College of Florida, John and Mable Ringling Museum/Tibbals Collection, and University of Winchester


Amber DiPietra is a poet, performance artist, bodyworker, and organizer for disability and sex worker rights. Her book Waveform, with collaborator Denise Leto, came out from Kenning Editions in 2011. Other writings have been published in anthologies such as Poetry and Work (Palgrave) and Beauty Is a Verb: the New Poetics of Disability (Cinco Puntos). Her one-woman show, the “Opposite of Evolution Dance Studio” premiered at the Tampa International Fringe Festival in 2018.  She is a founding member of two social justice collectives; the Tampa Bay Area chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project (2013) and the Disability and Sexuality Access Network (2016).  Find out more about her work at thebodypoetik.com




About Vari(A)bilities V:

“Contortion Act”: Costumed acrobat balanced on one leg with other leg over arm, smoking hookah

The materiality of the body confounds us; it forces a reconsideration of the “linguistic turn,” perhaps even the “social constructionist” turn, by which we understand the world and identity as linguistically or socially constituted. But how do we look at bodies –our own, the first bodies exhibited to us as children, the bodies of clowns and circus performers, or even the bodies of everyday folks with impairments—people who are like us but also somehow different? And what knowledge do such encounters create or reify?

“Exhibited, with the Season’s Greetings”: Booted man center with snake wrapped around body flanked on left by Tom Thumb (person of short stature) in general’s uniform, on right by young girl in pink dress and lifting long white hair.

Co-Hosts New College of Florida and John and Mable Ringling Museum’s historical connection to the Ringling family and the circus, invites us to think about how the full range of humanity has been and is still exhibited and performed. We turn explicitly to the experience of specific and variAble bodies and their humanity.


For more info visit ncf.edu/mellon