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Finding Freedom by Sue Austin Rethinks Disabled Individuals

By: Meghan Young - Published: Aug 30, 2012 • References: susanaustin and neatorama
It is not everyday that a person will witness a disabled individual navigating underwater territories in her (or his) wheelchair, but that is exactly what Sue Austin has succeeded in doing. An impressive feat, to say the least, Sue Austin uses a special self-propelled underwater wheelchair designed in collaboration with dive experts and academics to enjoy such an expedition.

An artist based in London, England, Sue Austin has been wheelchair-bound since 1996. She writes that over the ensuing years, her studio has "centred around finding ways to understand and represent my embodied experience as a wheelchair user, opening up profound issues about methods of self-representation and the power of self-narration in challenging the nexus of power and control that created the ‘disabled’ as other." Dubbed Finding Freedom, Sue Austin's latest project does just that.