Interviews with Deaf Photographers (IT)
With the support of the featured photographer, Daniele Le Rose, and the Siena School for Liberal Arts, we decided to complement the Deaf Eyes: Landscaping Sign Language exhibition with short interviews with the Deaf photographers and amateur photographers on show. These are the questions we asked them:
Is it important to preserve and pass on Deaf Culture?
Do you know of museums of Deaf Culture where you would like to exhibit your work?
Can museums not dedicated to Deaf Culture, such as the one in Murlo, for example, be effective in giving visibility to Deaf Art Culture?
Can you talk about Photography from a Deaf point of view?
All interviews in Italian Sign Language (LIS) or spoken Italian, with English Transcripts.
Hello everyone, I am Daniele Le Rose, my passion is black and white.
I will explain why: we are immersed every day in a color reality. The black and white model is encountered more rarely and it pushes me to a reflection on space and time, it makes me understand the value of life, understand the values of the past and so proceed towards the future. In black and white photography, contrast is strong; it is a fundamental aspect. Oblique framing can stimulate our perception in following the tilt of planes or interpreting the image as static. In photographic composition there are some main elements: lines, curves and others that create my style.
In the photo exhibition "Emotional Perspectives through the Eyes" we find three sections.
The first one is dedicated to Deaf Culture and Sign Language, then life within society from the perspective of communication and the new generation. The second is the Vintage section, a reflection on art forms in time and space. The third is a composition of ll photos: the construction of a story, a life path, the experience through which we can observe a starting point until the conquest of our goals.
If you are going to see the exhibition this is an opportunity to wish you a good visit!
Art, in all its forms, is essential to the World of the Deaf. Photography in particular brings out our imagery, our way of viewing reality. I believe it is essential for museums to welcome and support Deaf Culture. Promoting and popularizing the art of Deaf People also means opening up to the important European art context.
Hello everyone, my name is Mirko, I am from Milan. It is important not only to preserve Deaf Culture, but to be able to tell about it. For me this is an opportunity to show hearing people our experiences, our suffering, our soul. We need to work together always, be collaborative, actively participate; exchanging experiences and experiences with other artists can improve our future.
Participating in this photographic exhibition was a wonderful experience: the careful organization of this event at the Archaeological Museum of Murlo allowed for complete accessibility: providing a path with texts in Italian and LIS gave everyone the opportunity to enjoy the project: hearing, deaf, signers and oralists. This is true integration!
Breaking down all communication barriers is possible and this is what I desire.
Three things are needed to make a good photograph: mind, sight, and soul. It is the heart that suggests to me what to "capture" and when to take the photograph: that way my shot will be able to convey the passion of my soul. This is what is important, this is what I want and I will always work with this intent. Photography is my great passion.
Thank you all and congratulations to all participants.
Good light to everyone!
In my opinion, it is really relevant that our Deaf Culture is passed down over time and with it the Sign Language, which is a language of a minority and is closely related to our culture and our community; it is a priceless heritage that we must take care of.
In Italy there are no Museums of Deaf Culture; I hope that the one on the territory of Siena is only the first, a model that other cities can take as an example. It is good that a Museum such as the one in Murlo, includes within it a specific itinerary on Deaf Culture: it certainly constitutes a chance for visibility.
The vast hearing public of the Museums is not aware of our Culture. ko this is an opportunity to make it naturally usable, to make visitors discover it and thus disseminate important information.
Our point of view in the art of photography is important. Leonardo Da Vinci said that the Deaf man was a "master" in painting, for no one could capture and represent movement as he did. In some ways, the same is true for photography. Of our senses, sight is the one we develop the most; we train it daily. Our deep ability to observe allows us to grasp shapes, colors and shades, thus enhancing a talent that we also express in photography.
Photography is a form of communication: we do not use words or signs: it is an image, therefore a direct, strong message.
Hello everyone, I am Corrado Pegoretti, I live in Trento and I grew up with a passion for photography. I was selected to participate in this exhibition, what a pleasure!
The possibilities of preserving Deaf Culture and handing it down over time are key aspects. Photos, videos, films are all important tools to document and witness our History, from the past to the present day. I remember for example inside the Padua Institute that I attended, a collection of large black and white photographs of the Authority, of Magarotto: I think they are a way to honor our history and it is always important to be able to do that.
I don't know any museum realities about Deaf Culture. When I heard about this call, I think it's the first one dealing with it, I was intrigued and wanted to participate. The Archaeological Museum of Murlo, a historical museum then, opening up to a new experience by hosting this photographic exhibition is really a sign of openness, a different approach to culture and integration.
The opening of this exhibition will be really interesting.
I am Deaf, I attended an institute for the Deaf, but part of my schooling was also with hearing people. ko I was able to observe two different worlds, two different cultures.
And that also means using sight differently; we are able to "catch" much more with our eyes.
This exhibition will certainly be an enriching opportunity for everyone.
My name is Eleonora.
I think it is important to share, to make known and especially to pass on the Deaf culture. it is interesting and inclusive, also you share thoughts, emotions and fears in this unknown world still in loll. ko I think it is very important, to pass on and to show...,
I know about the Mason Perkins Museum and especially I have noticed that Deaf art and art by Deaf artists is more visible and known abroad.
In my opinion, it is important that art becomes an excellent means of communication and maximum expression for us Deaf people, in the world, in Europe and, above all, also in Italy.
The museum's exhibition in Murlo I think is a very good opportunity to give visibility to us Deaf, to be able to express ourselves through art, and it would be nice if they would do it in as many municipalities as possible, in Italy, to also discover Italian places of culture, because our Deaf culture is also part of Italian culture.
Photography for us Deaf people is a great means of communication because we feel with our eyes, we see, we observe, and so communicating through images gives us maximum freedom of expression. There are sometimes details, which hearing people take for granted, but for us it is not so it is nice to let people see and understand this vision of ours.
It is very important that Deaf Culture, which is often hidden, be handed down. Today there are many Deaf people in Italy and it is good that our Culture is spread.
Our art is not represented in museums. I want my photographs to be able to be exhibited, I want visibility, and I would like my Deaf colleagues' works to be usable as well. I would really like no one to back down! I want our art to be free, open and shared!
The experience of the Murlo Museum on Deaf Culture is very interesting - it is an important example. It would be nice if this event could be replicated in other cities, all over Italy.
I know many deaf people, friends, acquaintances, photographers, painters, sculptors, artists, and I would like them to gain visibility as well.
Photography with us is articulated through new points of view: not having access to the auditory channel, our visual attention is more developed, our ability to perceive images and details through the eyes is honed and immediate.
Deaf Culture is important - I am part of this world, which is a mostly visual and emotionally rich environment.
I know of no museums of Deaf Culture. I wish there were some on the national territory! They could organize different exhibitions, not only photographic ones, and it would be valuable for our identity.
This exhibition that tells about our Culture, is essential: the (hearing) public will be able to immerse themselves in our art, receive information, see our works. It will be like an explosion of emotions! The world of the Deaf will finally have visibility.
This is a necessary signal. I hope it is just the beginning of a larger process.
Photography says so much about the way we observe reality, about our our sensitivity. The image is a strong response.
Our gaze is attentive. Through photography we can really bring out our culture.