Crip Bath Time

Stefana Fratila

Date. Video projection.

This work, “highlights the inherently uneasy borders between disability, ritual and self-restorative actions” such as bathing as a method of managing pain.

Symbolizing the invisibility of non-apparent disability, Fratila’s body will not appear in the piece. Instead, a video projection of a bathtub filling with water will be accompanied by ambient lighting and sounds. Next to it, another video projection will display social media content related to the artist’s experiences of chronic illness. This ambient experience puts the audience in the context of the artist’s experience of rituals of self care


In this film still, a purple light casts over the ledge of a bathtub with a glowing salt lamp, a lit candle, and other small treasures, as well as an illuminated iPhone. a still from the second element of Fratila’s piece, a twitter screen shows an account titled “young crip artist” with a notification that “Your Tweet has been sent” and several past tweets about rituals of self care and chronic pain.

In this still from the second element of Fratila’s piece, a twitter screen shows an account titled “young crip artist” with a notification that “Your Tweet has been sent” and several past tweets about rituals of self care and chronic pain. 

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