alabamathirteen [on becoming a ghost…]

25 May 2022 - 17 July 2022

“The artworks are haunting and poignant, while making a powerful comment on the exclusion and invisibility of disabled people”

– Gill Crawshaw, Disability Arts Online

2021 visiting resident artist alabamathirteen returns to The Art House to showcase work in progress, developed during her stay here. Through sculpture, sound installation, photography and film, her work explores the impact of isolation and exclusion from society that disabled people often face.

A largely self-taught artist from Leeds, alabamathirteen’s practice focuses on the barriers she experiences whilst navigating and negotiating the spaces that she occupies as a disabled, working-class woman. 

For this exhibition the artist moves away from traditional photographic processes, opting instead for more sustainable techniques. Using plant-based chemistry during the development process, the resulting imagery becomes fluid and changes over time, sometimes disappearing completely. The artist relates this process to ideas around impermanence and the transient nature of our own existence. An accompanying film is displayed with the work and further investigates the ephemeral nature of humanity.

Rooted firmly in the history of the disability arts movement and the politics of disability equality, alabamathirteen’s work seeks to challenge dominant narratives around disability. 

Find out more about the artist’s practice on the Residency page.


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Hear the artist alabamathirteen introduce her exhibition [on becoming a ghost…]. Alternatively, you can download the transcript of the audio.


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Exhibition Access

We provide various access accommodations depending on the nature of each exhibition. For this show, we can provide interpretation in braille, dyslexia-friendly interpretation (available to download), and sensory ear defenders. The exhibition space also has low lighting which can be adjusted on request.

Did you know that we offer exhibition private views by appointment? As well as having level access throughout the building, we can accommodate private views for any visitor who is unable to visit during standard open hours.

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  1. (Banner) alabamathirteen, The Umbrage [archaic], 2022. Courtesy of the artist.
  2. (Gallery) David Lindsay

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