Redefining Boundaries and Extending Horizons
Edited By Shridevi Rao and Maya Kalyanpur
About the Cover Artist
The cover is a photograph of an original work of art—The Visioner—created by Adarsh Baji. Mr. Baji is an award-winning artist in Baroda, India, and identifies himself as a disabled person. His artwork has been exhibited in various prestigious national and international forums including M.S. Univerity Baroda, Coomaraswamy Hall Museum of Western India in Mumbai, Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Print Making Art at Wharepuke, New Zealand, and the Ahmedabad International Arts Festival. His paintings are provocative and offer nuanced, layered and metaphorical interpretations of the disabled experience. His interpretation of The Visioner is as follows:
In this painting, my intention is “don’t think I’m a weak person, if you have a chance, search for my strength & power. I’m also a son of God, God how He made you, He made me also like this. (If) you can use me in the right way, I’ll be like a weapon. I’ll reach a goal and target. I’m useful for society, don't neglect me. Every person is unique in this world, just search (for) his inner strength.” In this painting, I put one apple in front of me. Symbolically, this apple is temptation (like in the Bible, the garden of Eden story). In a disabled person’s life, they will get lots of temptation; e.g., somebody showing sympathy, somebody giving help, government giving reservations, etc. These are all small, small things in our life. “Don't get tempted by this, don’t bend yourself. You have power; you can choose your...
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