3 Nov 2017

Spotlight On: Centre of Attention

Celebrating diversity and challenging beauty standards through fashion.

A compelling exhibition showcasing cutting-edge prosthetic limbs with fascinating accompanying films and photography opens in Princes Quay Shopping Centre this week.  The exhibition, delivered by Square Peg in collaboration with The Alternative Limb Project, Fly Girl Films, Kelly Knox and Omkaar Kotedia, aims to raise awareness and change preconceptions of disability and beauty standards.

Exhibited beside some of Hull’s fashion retailers, Centre of Attention intends to highlight the lack of fashionable and affordable adaptive clothing, equipment and prosthetics, emphasizing the need for these items.

Three new prosthetic arms designed by The Alternative Limb Project for fashion model and disability activist, Kelly Knox, are on display. The designs are based on Kelly’s personal interests and act as an extension of her personality.

Sophie Oliveira Barata, founder of The Alternative Limb Project, said: “This project has really enabled us to think creatively about the body, personal expression and what it is to stand out and be different. This is an opportunity to redefine the body and push the boundaries of alternative prosthetics.”

Wider themes of body image, modification, evolution and transhumanism are explored within the exhibition in film and photography, prompting positive conversations around disability and body diversity.

Centre of Attention is open to the public every weekend at Hull’s Princes Quay Shopping Centre until Sun 26 Nov.

Talks will be delivered by Sophie Oliveira Barata, founder of The Alternative Limb Project, and disability activist Kelly Knox throughout the month.

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