Amanda Cachia’s book Hospital Aesthetics: Rescripting Medical Images of Disability will argue that contemporary disabled artists are offering a new hospital aesthetics by taking health and care into their own hands and bodyminds. In exploring the ever-subjective experience of disability and/or illness, they are considering their lives on their own terms, outside of clinical and therapeutic settings. The book will contribute to a radical activism that reveals the inadequacies of the medical industrial complex.

Amanda Cachia is a curator, consultant, writer, and art historian who specializes in disability art activism across intersectional axes of difference, including gender, race, and sexuality. She is an assistant professor and the assistant director of the Arts Leadership graduate program at the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts at the University of Houston. She is the author of The Agency of Access: Contemporary Disability Art and Institutional Critique (Temple University Press, forthcoming) and editor of Curating Access: Disability Art Activism and Creative Accommodation (Routledge, 2022).