Francesca Lanzavecchia’s thesis project ‘pro aesthetics supports’ explores the perception of disability through its artefacts. In her project she redesigned common medical artefacts associated with disability such as neck braces, canes, crutches and back braces.

[The aid-object grows to accommodate the user’s lifestyle and modern dependencies. This PU foam neck brace offers to cradle our communication prosthesis.]

[Functionally exhibitionistic. This neck brace stores life’s necessities beneath a stretchable semi-transparent rubber skin]

“She focused on making the artefacts expressive so that each one becomes a personal representation of their owner, while paying special attention to social stigma.”
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Francesaca aims to represent disability artifacts in a new light. “It is a bridge between user and producer aiming to open their eyes to the possibilities and new values that these vital body accessories can bestow upon the user. Here disability aids become a stage to discuss, understand and cope with disability, illness and human frailty.”

Francesca Lanzavecchia

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