Olivia Muscat - Every-Day

Arts Access Victoria presents The Museum of Us

We don’t exist on this earth to educate you, or to make you feel better about yourself.

A photograph of Olivia Muscat, shown from the waist up. In the background, a spiky green plant grows in the garden above a multi-coloured brick wall. Olivia is seated on white outdoor furniture, wearing blue denim overalls and a white shirt patterned with cherries and blue roses. Her arms are held loosely to her sides and she has light brown skin, neatly brushed dark brown shoulder-length hair, bright blue eyes and lips opened in a warm smile.

About the work

An audio work in two parts.

You can find out more information about Olivia Muscat and her other projects on her website .

Part One

Part Two

Transcript

Disabled people are just people, and we should be allowed the choice to exist the way we want to exist. Mundanely, revolutionarily, boringly, excitingly.

It doesn’t matter, because it’s our life, and it’s none of your business. You don’t get to question when or where or how or why we do things. That’s for us to know – and to maybe tell you, if you’re lucky, but not if you just approach randomly on the street and decide it’s your right to know.

To me, an accessible future is not having to explain or justify every decision I make about my life to people who really have no say in it. My body, my life, my choices aren’t yours to judge –aren’t yours to have an opinion about

We don’t exist on this earth to educate you, or to make you feel better about yourself. We’ve got our own lives, our own loves, our own triumphs and failures to be getting on with. And a lot of the time, those things really are as averagely, mundanely boring as brushing our teeth or having a coffee or washing up.

 

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