Sadly, Katherine passed away in March 2019. Below we have kept her artist profile, as a testament to the amazing work she made. Her obituary can be read here.

Latest Shape collaboration: Featured in the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist in 2011, exhibiting artist in the Shape Open 2013 and Unlimited commissioned artist.

Artist Statement: Katherine Araniello is a London-based performance and video artist, who uses subversive humour in response to the mundane, social awkwardness and the negative representation of disability. She twists impossible tasks, taboos and the everyday into works which are never quite as they seem and are constantly challenging notions of ability. No-one is exempt and everyone is under scrutiny. She self-initiates and there are no limits to the stunts she pulls off to make art. Araniello uses improvisation, interaction and the use of technology to create unpredictable scenarios that can range from film works and large scale productions to DIY performances and collaborations. Araniello has been commissioned by Live Art Development Agency to devise and facilitate two ‘DIY’ workshops, entitled ‘I Can’t Dance’ (2015) and ‘Playing the Victim’ (2016).

Araniello also works under a number of guises, including as SickBitchCrips (SBC), a persona that allows her to present disability in outrageous and politically incorrect ways, provoking audiences to reassess their own notions of disability in contemporary society. She also works with Aaron Williamson as The Disabled Avant-Garde (DAG), a satirical arts organisation, creating pitch-black and self-knowing performances, videos and interventions.

Her work has been shown internationally at galleries and festivals including; Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The Nunnery, the Canadian Arts and Disability Festival, ICA, Purcell Room at Southbank Centre, Hitparaden - an international festival for performance at the Pumpehuset in Copenhagen and at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Michigan.

Katherine Araniello is an Artsadmin Associate Artist and is on the board of the Live Art Development Agency. She holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Katherine Araniello & Rocio Boliver,
Katherine Araniello & Rocio Boliver, 'Between Menopause and Old Age', (2015), LADA Workshop. Photo courtesy of the artists.

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Banner Image: An act of terrorism by Katherine Araniello (film still), 2016. Photo courtesy of the artist. A person with long blonde hair wears a mask that has heavy blue eyeshadow and red lips.