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Atlanta, GA | Artist Talk & Exhibition Tour with Jessica Blinkhorn

January 21 | 11:00 am 1:00 pm

Jessica Blinkhorn portrait

Please join us for a special tour and meet and greet with artist Jessica Blinkhorn.

SPANKBOX is a photographic installation depicting individuals with varying disabilities from all communities in sexualized, hypersexualized poses and situations. We at SPANKBOX ask that the “for now” non-disabled community evaluate their preconceived notions regarding disability and sexuality. How do you perceive disability and sexuality? What standard do you hold us to? Do you view us as an asexual monolith? Do you see our bodies as objects to commodify and or fetishize? Do you celebrate the disabled body and all of its beauty?

The mission at SPANKBOX is to provide a safe space where the community can self-educate by examining the disabled body and asking questions without shame. In return, we ask that you engage in conversation with us by answering one of the many questions provided by our participants (SPANKERS). By educating the community about disability and sexuality, we celebrate our identities as autonomous, dimensional individuals rather than sick, broken, and vulnerable. When a community has been identified as weak, that community will likely be preyed upon.

It is up to us, society as a whole, to engage in a conversation without pretense, ego, and hurt feelings. To effectively promote actual change, we have to have uncomfortable conversations. It’s time for the disabled community to be seen for our abilities! We love, celebrate, work, empathize, motivate, and move forward through an intrepid landscape of social barriers that should not exist in today’s time.

During her residency at UUCA, Jessica plans to focus on two bodies of work – REVERENCE (memory portraits) and SPANKBOX, curating a show for the Pulgram Gallery at UUCA, working with disabled and lgbtq+ youths and seniors by way of providing low-cost art classes, providing an artist talk for the community and congregation, and, lastly, with community support, a prom for disabled and lgbtq+ youths.

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The facility is ADA-compliant with wheelchair accessibility and offers auditory options for navigating the onsite exhibitions and facility.

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The Pulgram Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta is located at 2650 N. Druid Hills Rd. NE Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Click here for directions from any location.

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About the Artist

Jessica Elaine Blinkhorn is an Atlanta-based Interdisciplinary Artist. Blinkhorn’s work advocates for the LGBTQ+, disabled, and aging communities. Blinkhorn, who uses a powerchair, focuses her work on acceptance through acknowledgement of difference, body positivity, disability education through experience and exposure, human sexuality, and story-telling.


Image: Jessica Blinkhorn, SPANKBOX installation. All images provided by the artist.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta

Pulgram Gallery, 2650 N. Druid Hills Rd. NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30329 United States
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