Rosary Solimanto is best known for her interdisciplinary activist based work which explores the objectification she faces battling multiple sclerosis. She encourages discourse on disability identity to unfold to empower the disabled. Solimanto is an emerging artist who has exhibited in New York City, New Jersey, North Carolina, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Hudson Valley, Toronto and Spain. She has performed in the O + Festival in Kingston, NY, the Itinerant Festival at the Bronx Museum and did a 12 hour durational performance at the Nuit Blanche Festival in Toronto. She was recently
accepted as part of a juried group show, The Mohawk-Hudson Region Exhibition, at The Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, New York. Awards include Parnassus Award in Fine Arts at Adirondack, New York; Kulakoff Award at Albany, New York; and the Sojourner Truth Fellowship at New Paltz, New York. Born in New York, Solimanto has received her BA in English Literature and Fine Arts, from SUNY Albany in 2013, and received her MFA in 2015 from SUNY New Paltz. She currently lives and works in Jersey City area.
Work / video
title Alive, 2015, 1:09
URL for download: https://vimeo.com/128390580
In this performance I recreated the day I regained the ability to walk from high dose chemotherapy while inpatient at Chicago Northwestern Memorial Hospital. I awoke after three days of high dose methotrexate, to find I could move my limbs again. I got up from my bed, grabbed the IV pole I was attached to and skipped along the stem cell transplant floor. I rejoiced at being able to move again, although I was still disabled and under biopower biomedical infrastructure and regime. The performance space transforms into a hospital or institution, and the audience the spectators or guests entering my hospital room.