Debra Kennahan

Debra Keenahan is an artist, psychologist, author and disability advocate. She has 2 PhDs – the first insight to understanding the dynamics of interpersonal interactions that include/exclude the visibly different from equitable social relations. In her art practice she employs different mediums to communicate with and engage people on difficult issues, encouraging empathy for the socially excluded. Debra has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions (Art Gallery NSW, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, UNSW Galleries, Casula Power house Art Centre, Griffith Regional Gallery, Lake Macquarie Museum of Art). Her video/film work has been shown at the Cannes Short Film Festival and was a finalist in the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival. As a writer, Debra has sole- and co-authored a book, book chapters and articles. She has been the recipient of numerous grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW and ArtScreen; and has acted as a consultant on disability access to the National Gallery of Australia, and NAVA (National Association of Visual Artists). She has delivered invited addresses to the Australia Council for the Arts, Radical Accessibility Conference (Western Sydney University), and National Gallery of Australia (Know My Name Conference). Debra’s approach to the representation of disability has garnered significant media attention with appearances on the ABC’s OnePlusOne, The Drum, Arts Week – Arts and Minds; The Sydney Writers’ Festival; Words on the Waves Festival; The Big Anxiety Festival (2017,19,22). She is also a board member for The Sydney Review of Books. Her newest project is a theatre work titled ‘Othering’. Debra’s approach throughout her life is that  psychology on Dehumanization, the second in visual arts on Critical Disability Aesthetics. In her work both as a psychologist and artist, Debra focusses upon the personal and social impacts of disability. Having achondroplasia dwarfism, Debra brings personal