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Art and Signs. Deaf Culture / Hearing Culture (DAWA Festival)

Finished Ended on Sun Oct 9, 2022 , 10:00
Duolun Museum of Modern Art
27 Duolun Lu, near Sichuan Bei Lu
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Part of 2022 DAWA, the International Festival of Inclusive Culture, Art and Signs, sixteen artists and artist collectives from China, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Singapore, Korea, and the United States are featured in the exhibition through representative works of video, sound, photography, installation, and performance. Art and Signs. Deaf Culture / Hearing Culture presents art that lies at the intersection of Deaf culture and hearing culture. It showcases works by artists who take various systems of language and communication as their point of departure, exploring themes of difference, similarity, and singularity. Concealing neither their own perspectives nor the limitations thereof, the artists seek to open up new possibilities within existing boundaries. The works in the exhibition are by artists whose practices revolve around sound, music, speech, sign language, signs, and written language, and the inherent artistic potential of these domains. The first edition of this exhibition took place in 2012 in Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien in Berlin. An Paenhuysen co-curated the exhibition with the artist Wolfgang Müller who, from 1980 onwards, collaborated with Gunter Trube on various projects. In Germany, the performer and artist Gunter Trube (1960‒ 2008) played a significant role in the struggle for the recognition of Deaf culture. This 2022 edition of the exhibition is curated by An Paenhuysen, in close collaboration with Deaf culture and art advisor Alice Hu. The expanded exhibition focuses on Deaf culture in the Asian context.