Becoming Disabled

With the 2016 Paralympics currently on in Rio De Janeiro, The New York Times has published a series opinion features written by disabled people.

The essays explore and reveal raw truths of living with a disability and the often unrealised yet scarring societal treatment that ensues.

Brooklyn-based illustrator Dadu Shin was commissioned to visually represent these honest, authentic and moving pieces of opinion. His illustrations narrate the tension between isolation and acceptance using shadowing, empty space and multi-textured layers.

The first essay, Becoming Disabled by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, discusses the complexity of defining disability, and the realisation that many people move in and out of a disability at some point in their lifetime.

Image: Dadu's illustration for Becoming Disabled reflects the notion that disability is everywhere, and becoming aware of it can be a revelation.

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