The Beauty of Deafness

When you think about Deafness, what do you think about? Reflect on this question now and then again after reading through this page. There are so many beautiful parts of Deaf culture that many people may not think about, but Deaf people are proud of. This pride is shown through Deaf art, literature, & media.

Deaf Art:

The Greatest Irony by Maureen Klusza

Art by Chuck Baird

See, Hear, Speak No Deaf by Nancy Rourke

The above artworks are different Deaf View/Image Art (De’VIA) pieces. De'VIA is art that examines & expresses the Deaf Experience from a cultural, linguistic, & intersectional point of view.

De'VIA has types of arts: Resistance & Affirmative

4 elements of De'VIA:

De: Deaf & Deaf-Blind Expression of Affirmation, Resistance, and Liberation

V: View of how Deaf & Deaf-Blind experience the world

I: Images/Motifs/Symbols of the Deaf Experience

A: Art, Activism, Aesthetics, and Authentic Expressions of the Deaf Experience

ASL Literature

Products of ASL literature range from stories to poetry, legends, riddles, folklore, jokes, fairytales, English to ASL translations, visual vernacular and many more. ASL literature is different from Deaf literature because Deaf literature focuses on literature in English written by Deaf people.  English is not as valued in Deaf culture as ASL is – due to many traumatic experiences in schools, especially with overemphasis on grammar and rules of speech over appreciating and creating literature


Poetry

Visual Vernacular 

Storytelling

Deaf Music & Dance

Dance & music are integral parts of Deaf culture and they do not require the ability to hear. Deaf music often integrates visual & tactile rhythmic elements and is often used as a took of resistance and promoting cultural pride and identity. Many people believe Deaf people can't dance because they "can't hear the music", but this is a myth!

Deaf Media

Media arts including photography, cinematography, and other types of digital arts. The identifying marks of many deaf photographers are the use of contrasting and bold colors, contrasting textures and emphasis on facial features. Some people say that it’s an advantage to be a Deaf photographer because they don’t often get interrupted by people wanting to ask questions, so they waste very little time. Deaf graphic designers use computers and technology to create images integrating art, text, and design techniques.

Famous Deaf people in media: