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Little Big Woman confronts Australia’s anxiety with dwarfism

If you head over to the Powerhouse Museum today, you may notice a particular statue staring down at you. Little Big Woman: Condescension is the powerful work of artist and academic Dr Debra Keenahan.

A 3D printed version of Debra’s body reverses the spectator gaze typically afforded to people with achondroplasia in order to encourage audiences to understand why they should avoid treating dwarfs like infants.

Debra joined Nic to chat more about the sculpture, and why Australians have such a hard time having awkward conversations. The statue is currently on display at the Powerhouse Museum until November 11, as part of the Big Anxiety Festival.

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