Focusing on cramped conditions on flights, this animation by Stacy Bias challenges the dehumanisation of fat people.
In collaboration with Dr Bethan Evans, the University of Liverpool and DaDaFest.
Flying is uncomfortable for many people, but when the physical infrastructure of the plane doesn’t accommodate your body and/or the social attitudes of other passengers make the plane environment a hostile space, flying can be a particularly anxious thing to do.
News stories about fat passengers often present them as unreasonably taking up space that is not their own, as a problem for others, dehumanising fat people akin to ‘excess baggage’.
To challenge this, this animation presents the voices of fat passengers as they explain the challenges of fitting into spaces that exclude them both socially and materially. The animation encourages people to empathise with fat people as fellow passengers and human beings, and to think about the political and economic relations that contribute to this exclusion.
The animation will will also feature at a discussion event on Fat Activism at the unity theatre, find out more here: www.dadafest.co.uk/the-festival/event/fat-activism-a-public-conversation