Friday, 26.8.2022
19:00 – 20:00, Haus für Poesie
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»Nicht deine Inspiration« (De)

Adina Hermann, Dennis Sonne, Rebecca Maskos, Sookee (host)

»You’re so inspiring.« »You’re a leader!« »It’s so cool how you’ve succeeded, despite your disability.« These are the kinds of phrases heard over and over, especially by people with visible disabilities. The term »inspiration exploitation« has been circulating in social media for some time, but many people are still unfamiliar with it. Still, many people without disabilities engage in this form of discrimination without being aware of it. So what is inspiration exploitation actually? In short, it is the objectification of people with disabilities through exaggerated admiration for the benefit of everyone else. It is an ableist view towards people with disabilities, whose disadvantages are seen as a source of inspiration in contrast to their own privileges. This is a form of dehumanisation, even if not done consciously or intentionally. In particular, people with disabilities who attract public attention through their work are affected by this phenomenon of discriminatory recognition. With the talk »Nicht deine Inspiration« (»Not Your Inspiration!«), we would like to explore the issue of inspiration exploitation experienced by people with disabilities and what we can do to counteract it.

Collage of four photos side by side shows young people. They are in this order from left to right: Adina Hermann, Dennis Sonne, Rebecca Maskos, Sookee. Adina Hermann can be seen with her whole upper body in a professionally lit portrait. She has her arms in her lap, right hand resting on her left wrist. She is wearing a turquoise, transparent tunic top with a spaghetti strap top underneath. She has her face turned to the left in half profile. Her open, dark hair is tucked back behind her ears. She smiles into the camera with open, painted lips. Next to her, Dennis Sonne can be seen up to his chest in the portrait. The photo was taken outside, sunlight shining on his face from the right. He is wearing a white, light wool sweater with a stand-up collar, with a dark blue jacket over it. He smiles frontally into the camera with closed lips, wears a neatly trimmed mustache, a brown short hairstyle and glasses with thin silver rims. Rebecca Maskos is photographed from above, the right part of her face slightly cropped. She wears a purple t-shirt top and smiles at the camera with half-opened lips. She wears her brown hair in a short cut with bangs, in the background you can see a graphic wall pattern in brown tones. Sookee wears a blouse in violet blue, her dark hair back, two small curls falling into her forehead. The face is turned to the right, seen in half profile. The mouth is slightly open, on the left side of the mouth Sookee wears a hoop piercing. The eyes are painted with black eyeliner and purple eye shadow. She looks to the right, out of the picture.
Adina Hermann, Dennis Sonne, Rebecca Maskos, Sookee

Adina Hermann | Instagram: @adina_hermann / @mobilistaeu; Facebook: Adina Hermann / mobilistaeu
Graf Fidi
Rebecca Maskos

Amy Zayed | Instagram: @inspiring_muse; Facebook: @amyzayedjournalist

Film Location
Haus für Poesie, Berlin

Film & Editing