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Reveca Torres is an artist, filmmaker and disability advocate based in Prospect Heights, IL. She was a Kartemquin Films Diverse Voices in Docs fellow (2017) and selected for Kartemquin + Hulu Accelerator program in 2020. In 2020 Reveca was one of four fellows for International Documentary Association’s (IDA) newly launched Documentary Magazine Editorial Fellowship and was awarded the inaugural Craig Neilsen Visionary Prize for her work in art and advocacy. She is the founder and Executive Director of BACKBONES, an organization helping people with spinal cord injury and disabilities and co-director of ReelAbilities Film Festival Chicago. Reveca has curated touring photography and art exhibitions that showcase the work of people with disabilities and bring awareness to disability rights. She uses painting, illustration, photography, film, movement, and other media as a form of expression and a tool for advocacy and social justice.
ABOUT THE FILM - Disability Art, Culture, Aesthetics (untitled)
Artist Reveca Torres imagines how her disabled ancestors Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, and Henri Matisse lived and created. Through letters and artifacts, she finds that their struggles parallel those of contemporary artists with disabilities. As Reveca connects with other disabled artists they imagine a society in which the barriers they face no longer exist and disability aesthetics are celebrated in the art canon.
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