Singer challenges societal notions of disability

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You may have heard of Viktoria Modesta. Previously popular in London, Modesta shot to international fame after her performance in the 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony. Her recently released music video for her song, Prototype, is the latest in Modesta’s musical explorations. Modesta has become known for her challenging of the presentation of disabilities in the media and mainstream society. Working with The Alternative Limb Project, Modesta has demonstrated her redefinition of societal views of people with disabilities through the artistic, and often abstract, prosthetics she wears. Her music video, seen below, goes further into examining the influence media presentation can have regarding people with disabilities. One scene in particular tackles the idea sometimes held in modern culture that people with disabilities are not sexual, or that the subject is taboo – in the beginning of this implied sex scene, Modesta’s amputated leg is clearly and deliberately visible. This scene raises questions about the line between fetishizing disability and reclaiming sexuality. Through the sexual themes in her video, is Modesta promoting the fetishization of her disability, or simply producing mature works of art?

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The video below offers insight into Modesta’s creative process and motivation to produce the music video. According to Modesta, “Everything kind of changed in my mind after I did the Paralympics. I was all of a sudden part of this global movement that was happening everywhere and that everybody was talking about. It opened discussion, you know; what is disability, how people are perceived.” After spending a large portion of her childhood in hospitals, Modesta is passionate about affirming and exploring her independent identity. Modesta’s website is available here.

This video may begin with a commercial which was not chosen by or for the benefit of DisAbility Rights Galaxy.