Hanna Cormick

Little Monsters

Performance Art


Little Monsters is a living installation where nightmares and dreams clash in glorious pastel.

What does it mean to knowingly pass on a disability to a child? Why are we so afraid of it? What does it say about how we really feel about disabled lives?

Little Monsters also conjures the ethical dilemma of procreation in a post-climate-disaster world. Our mutating genes and changing environment set up our offspring for a more difficult life than we have ever known - is it fair to inflict that struggle onto a human? Is it fair to deny it?

The artist sets her real heritable disability against the make-believe play of her non-blood-related nieces. By placing her signifiers of disability onto their bodies, she casts them in a game where we are called upon to question the tangle of emotions and moral judgements we hold around life-creation and the spread of a diverse species.


Hanna Cormick is a performance artist with a background in physical theatre, dance, circus and interdisciplinary art. She is a graduate of Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (Paris), and Charles Sturt University's Acting for the Screen and Stage degree (Honours). Her performance practice spans close to a hundred productions over two decades, with works in Australia, Europe and Asia.

Cormick lives with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Dysautonomia, amongst other complications, which require the use of a wheelchair, respirator and orthoses. Her first artwork as a disabled artist, The Mermaid, debuted at Art, Not Apart 2018, for which she was a finalist for the 2018 ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award (Young Leader) and the National Award for Disability Leadership (Arts). Her current practice is a reclamation of body through radical visibility.

She will be joined by Jacie Leven and Jorja Cormick in Little Monsters.




3:45 pm - 4:00 pm | Nishi Gallery

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm | Nishi Gallery