Artist Michelle Baharier shines a light on disabled people and human rights activists in her powerful portrait series at her solo show. Renowned British artist, Michelle Baharier, has captured the strength, resilience, and beauty of disabled people and human rights activists in her latest portrait series titled "How do I make you feel."
The moving collection of portraits highlights the often overlooked experiences and perspectives of people with disabilities and activists fighting for social justice.
Baharier's portraits are a celebration of the individuality and diversity of disabled people and human rights activists. Each portrait features a subject with a unique story to tell, captured through Baharier's expressive style and striking use of colour. The collection includes portraits of disability activists such as Baroness Jane Campbell of Surbiton (pictured), a life peer and actor disability rights campaigner Liz Carr.
The portrait series is inspired by Baharier's own experiences as a disabled person and her passion for championing the rights of marginalised communities. By placing disabled people and human rights activists front and centre in her artwork, she hopes to increase visibility and recognition for their struggles and achievements.
Through the exhibition of her portraits, Baharier aims to spark a broader conversation about inclusivity, equality, and social justice. She invites viewers to explore the complex realities of disability and the essential role of activists in fighting for change.
What the activists Michelle has painted say:
“Support like this makes such a difference, I am so thankful to Michelle! I also love the use of newspaper cutouts, it really makes the painting stand out!”- John Pring, author and disabled journalist. (Pictured)
“Thankful to Michelle for making me one of her models! I love the paintings, her artwork speaks for itself! What a wonderful idea!”- Baroness Jane Susan Campbell (image on top left - Baroness Jane Susan Campbell)
“Michelle is an amazing powerhouse of talent and commitment to our activism”- Penny Pepper, author
“Big love to Michelle and everything she does! I’m so excited for this exhibition!”- Jess Thorm, comedian
Michelle Baharier with activist Sue Elsegood at the Private View of ‘How do I make you feel?’
How Do I Make You Feel?’ is at A Place For Change, The Foundry, Vauxhall - 17 Oval Way, Vauxhall, London SE11 5RR
from 12 March - 1 June 2023 Monday – Friday 8.30am – 6pm
For more information, to schedule an interview with Michelle Baharier, or to request high-res images of the portrait series, please get in contact:
Michelle Baharier - Artist | Curator | Facilitator Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 07952481566
Instagram: Michelle Baharier - multi-media artist
Twitter: Michelle (@dyslxicRant)
Selection of Video works: The Walkie-Talkies - Disability Arts Online