Anatomy Is Not Destiny

Methodologies, Practices and Poetics from Functional Diversity

Thursday, 3 December 2020 - 6pm
Online platform

100 people

Organised by:

Museo Reina Sofía

Force line:

Rethinking the Museum; Action and Radical Imagination; Contemporary Disturbances


Comunidad de Madrid

Education programme developed with the sponsorship of the Banco Santander Foundation

Inside the framework of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, put in place by the United Nations General Assembly, the Museo Reina Sofía’s Education Area organises a forum to discuss functional diversity and to problematize accessibility as a mechanism of inclusion.

The encounter, featuring participation from arts managers, activists, artists and researchers, sets out to question the binary views or dualities which in some ways are still overtly linked to functional diversity — the productive and the unproductive, the abled and the disabled, etc. It also looks to delve deeper into the methodologies set forth from artistic practices by artists investigating this field through their different bodies and experiences of daily life or in cultural institutions like the Museo.


María Acaso is head of the Museo Reina Sofía’s Education Area.

Soledad Arnau-Ripollés holds a PhD in Philosophy from the National Distance Education University (UNED), and is a researcher, writer and sexologist. She has co-founded and coordinated the Community of Madrid’s Office for Independent Life, and has written different collective publications and articles addressing issues of gender, inclusion and feminism.

Júlia Ayerbe holds a Official MA in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and the Museo Reina Sofía. She is an editor, curator and researcher whose work centres on themes related to feminisms, functional diversity and editorial practices.

Costa Badía is an artist and activist with a degree in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid and an MA in Art Education in Social and Cultural Institutions from the same university. Her practice focuses on the validation of the erroneous body, the challenge to stereotypes of beauty and co-existence between normative and non-normative people.

Javier Sanjurjo is coordinator of activities related to accessibility and functional and sensory diversity in the Museo Reina Sofía’s Education Area.

To set the Sign Language interpreter broadcast, you will need to access through the Zoom desktop client. On the participants screen, choose “Minimize Video” (the icon with two parallel bars), click on the 3 dots on the interpreter’s broadcast and then choose “Anchor”. Afterwards, you can select the “Side-by-side Mode” in “View Options”. Although it will return you to the default view, the interpretation broadcast will be set.

With the sponsorship of: Comunidad de Madrid

Educación: Patrocina: Fundación Banco Santander