Rosary Solimanto is best known for her interdisciplinary activist based artwork which explores the objectification and stigmatization she faces with 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, Connecticut, Minnesota, Toronto, London and Spain. She has performed in the O + Festival in Kingston, NY, The International Human Rights Art Festival In New York City, the Itinerant Festival at the Bronx Museum, Nuit Blanche Festival in Toronto and exhibited and/or performed at nine international museums. Awards include Parnassus Award in Fine Arts at Adirondack, New York; Kulakoff Award at Albany, New York; Art Garden Community Supported Art Award at Arts Unbound, City of Orange, New Jersey 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.
Performing in SLO
Historically the social injustice of disability identity was constructed from eugenics programs and institutionalized biomedical infrastructure. Art on this subject is overdue to empower through a visual language and social platform to prejudicial misconceptions in effort to advocate disability pride and awareness. Objectification and perfectibility of the human body will continue to prevail, until art explores the oppressive stigmatizations associated with disability identity. Solimanto sources her material from exposing the conflicts she faces with multiple sclerosis. Solimanto's art transforms space allowing the audience to become voyeurs entering her private medical world to expose the heightened oppressive realities and truths.