“Difabel” allude to the concept of having ‘differently abilities’. While “dis”, in “disablity”, as a prefix suggests the absence of or negativity. At CoCreation Workshop, we are conscious with how labeling people with impairment influences our attitudes, and on deeper level the paradigm of policy and service responses. We recognize that even within a community, individuals have different strengths. The word “difabel” empowers us to let go of our presumptions towards the capacities of any individual, so that they can have the space to explore themselves to their fullest potentials.
Art has the power to bring out the best of us, regardless of our abilities. Co:Creation Workshop collaborate with artists, art therapist and creative facilitators to provide free art-for-well-being programs to difabled community group members.
Mintio is a visual artist born in Singapore. Trained as a photographer at the School of Art Design and Media in Nanyang Technological University, Mintio has been actively creating works and participating in exhibitions both locally and abroad. “Table for One” was Mintio’s first public venture into a participatory project, in which she dined with people she found eating alone over a span of one year. Following that in 2010, she participated in an artist-in-residence program hosted by MES 56, a photography collective in Jogjakarta. The project “The Wax on Our Fingers” was the outcome of her residency, where she had produced batik-portraits of batik makers from the village of Kebon Indah together with fellow artist Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul).