Channel 4 introduces Viktoria Modesta, the world’s first amputee pop artist. Make sure you stick around for the amazing spike dance at the end. Channel 4. Publicado el 12 dic. 2014.
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Forget what you know about disability
Viktoria Modesta is a bionic artist exploring modern identity through performance, fashion, avant garde visuals, technology and science.
VM's life story is a journey of exploration and pushing human boundaries. She was born in USSR in 1987 into a troublesome childhood - health struggles from birth in the restricted society of the Soviet regime, she escaped to London at the age of 12. Going from the extremes of hospital confinement in Latvia she fell into yet another extreme: the underground subculture of London.
Her interests in aesthetic eccentricity led to an early start in a modelling career, working with alternative clothing brands at the age of 15. It's around that time that she decided that realising her dreams and exploring her potential was simply not possible with the uncertainty of her dysfunctioning leg - a burden left after 15 surgeries under the USSR system.
Inspired by the avant-garde imagery of Alexander McQueen and Matthew Barney, VM approached doctors to have her lower limb amputated and replaced by a prosthetic in order to finally take control over her body. After five years battling to find the support for her decision among the medical profession, she finally had a voluntary operation at the age of 20.
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