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Regional Photography Exhibition: Dismissed Abilities

Alexa Daher & Kristyn Wagner

Opening Reception September 12, 2021

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Artist Statement


This series shines a “spotlight” on a person living happily with a disability. A part of one of my disabilities includes facial weakness so it is hard for most to notice a drastic change in my emotion. I wanted a way to show the public that I am happy and accepting of my disability since people with disabilities are not typically portrayed this way in the media.


This series captures the hardships of living with a disability yet shows that I can still thrive despite them.

It crushes misconceptions that disabilities all look the same as well as that people with disabilities cannot live independently, care for or take help from others, be successful, or be disabled without the use of a mobility aid, etc.


I chose to have my best friend, Kristyn, help carry out the idea for this series. Since she has been there through my experiences and understands portrait photography, I felt she would be an important part in telling my story.



Exhibition, Featured


September 12, 2021 - January 3, 2022


Anne Kilcawley Christman Concourse, 2nd floor, Beecher Center