‘The Disabled Avant-Garde are the last avant-garde’ – Yinka Shonibare in conversation with Melvyn Bragg, South Bank Centre, London, 2007)
‘The Disabled Avant-Garde’ (aka ‘DAG’) is a satirical organisation formed by the disability artists Katherine Araniello and Aaron Williamson. Their concern is to create contemporary art (video and performance) that might cause confusion and inspire debate through humorously distorting or subverting traditional stereotyping of disability. That is, the Disabled Avant-Garde’s work is an intervention into society’s perceptions and expectations of disabled people that often defines them by their impairments. The DAG follow the social model of disability then and their work fits the category of ‘crip humour’, being both pitch-black and self-knowing.