Jessica Watkin works out her definition of Disability Dramaturgy and explains her artistic practice, which is rooted in personal care rather than professional extraction. As a Blind/Disabled artist, Watkin describes her relationship to Blind artist Alex Bulmer. Watkin reflects on the role of care in Bulmer’s Pandemic Postcards project, a series of twenty-one video “postcards” by Disabled artists around the world, hosted by the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Watkin discusses the originating gesture of the project, a series of posts on Bulmer’s Facebook page titled Postcards from my Balcony, begun in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Toronto. As emanations of a care-based writing practice, these entirely textual “postcards” include image descriptions, written messages, and voice memos.
Jessica A. Watkin; Sending Care from Afar: Pandemic Postcards and Disability Dramaturgy. Theater 1 May 2022; 52 (2): 33–47. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01610775-9662208
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