Hook (2021) performance at Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw

In reference to ableist depictions of disability in culture as engine-for- -revenge and a trait of villainous characters, I reclaim the character of Captain Hook.

The character’s arc is one that is common to western culture - based on the all-consuming desire for revenge of Captain Ahab after losing his leg to the whale. Obtaining a disability puts the character on the path to vengeance - thus many evil characters are given a disability that both explains their wrong-doings and makes the character more frightening.

In an attempt to auto-critically approach my own revenge on ableist cul- ture, I reclaim Captain Hook from the Disney movie by making a cu- stom costume with a seamstress, made from quality fabrics for exactly my measurements.

curator Daniel Kotowski
photo by Kacper Godlewski

photo by Julia Dorobińska