Sick, Bitch, Crip Dance


  • Katherine Araniello




Sick Bitch Crip (SBC) is a guise and a persona that has a voice and an inflated personality. She demands to be visible, placing herself anywhere she can within social media, digital images and short film. SBC’s latest development is that she has now multiplied into three, Sick, Bitch and Crip. Araniello aims to create frameworks that challenge and alter preconceptions. This is done through subversive humour and presenting disability in fresh discourses. Araniello’s strategic insistence on using cyberspace as a critical and visible stage for showcasing her SBC persona and disability politics takes advantage of its pervasive hold and effect on mainstream society.

Author Biography

Katherine Araniello

Katherine Araniello is a London-based artist using video, digital imagery and performance art to respond to contemporary themes around disability. She creates frameworks that challenge and alter preconceptions. This is done through subversive humor and presenting disability in fresh discourses. Her focus is to disrupt and use satire in current issues related to disability such as assisted suicide, media representation, prejudice, charity, ignorance and body aesthetics. Araniello received a First Class Honors for her BA in Fine Art from London Guildhall University in 1999 and was awarded the Owen Rowley Prize for her end of year film ‘Slapping’. In 2004 she completed her Master’s Degree in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, where she won the Warden’s Purchase Prize for her pop video, 'I Like That'. Her work has been shown at galleries including Tate Modern and Tate Britain and her video work has been screened at film festivals internationally. Araniello is currently an Arts Admin Associate Artist, which is an arts lab for the 21st Century; nurturing innovative, experimental and unusual performance, site-specific and interdisciplinary work. She is also a board member of LADA (Live Art Development Agency) in London.

How to Cite

Araniello, K. (2013). Sick, Bitch, Crip Dance. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 2(4).