My work explores the lived experiences of a disabled body in cyber space. An awkward, but loving, digital embrace with my “dysfunctional” body.
Ash Hagerstrand (she/they)
We dream of augmented bodies pushed beyond the boundaries of organic living. Yet when we augment and optimize disabled bodies it causes discomfort and disgust. People gawk at the wheelchair user, people sneer at my cane. When placed into practice why is the cyborgian body so disquieting? Our relationship to technology hinge in our association with wellness— augmentation is only divine, sleek and transcendent as long as it does not stray too close to reminders of mortality.
Ash Hagerstrand is an artist, writer, and curator currently working in Brooklyn NYC. They graduated with their BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2018. Their artistic practice explores the complicated intersection of disability and technology. As an extension of this practice, she founded Chronically Online Gallery, a virtual art space dedicated to showing disabled and chronically ill artists