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Marina Tsaplina

Marina Tsaplina (she/her) is a disability performance artist, cultural organizer, writer and independent scholar. She forms participatory spaces through puppetry animation that culminate in ephemeral poetic enchantments. Crossing thresholds, puppet bodies awaken encounters between earth, flesh, disability, imagination, and histories. Rather than solid representations, they are porous invocations of multi-vocal histories and communities of human and more-than-human worlds. She is currently developing a new site-specific work, Disabled Forest Guardian. Read more at: Animate Earth, the poetic knowledges of ancient forests and disabled communities.

Daylight lighting. The puppeteer, dressed in black, is sitting on a short black cube on a grey stage in front of bookshelves. The puppet, with white body and light blue costume, is sitting on the puppeteers knee. The puppet head, bald and painted off-white, is blocking the puppeteers face. The puppet's right leg is separate from the rest of its body, connected to the right leg and toes of the puppeteer. There is a large space between the two puppet legs. The gesture of the right hand of the puppet is raised
Puppetry and Disability Aesthetics

Puppetry and Disability Aesthetics

4 May 2020

Marina Tsaplina examines the complexity of the word “disability,” how puppetry can push forward disability justice, and disability aesthetics, offering what she deems a “grammar of animacy” for artists working with disability.