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Course: The Verbal Story for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Visitors


From 30 March 2023 to 25 May 2023


Nine two-hour sessions, Thursdays and Saturdays


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art


Participants will discuss why we tell stories and how to use them to study and conceptualize the experience of the signed story in the culture of deaf society.

They will analyze stories about the private and public life of deaf people collected by the historian Viktor Palenny and then create a project based on them.

The course explores the experience of cinematography, dance, exhibition projects, and street art as means of understanding general principles of project thinking that can be uses in various situations. Moving from the general to the personal, participants will acquire tools for creating an artistic project. Each participant can choose their own way of embodying their idea, and together with the course leaders they will develop a project and present it at the end of the course. Participants can invite friends to the presentation.


Viktor Palenny is deaf, holds a Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences degree, is the editor-in-chief of the journal of the All-Russian Society of the Deaf, V edinom stroyu, and the author of books and numerous articles on the history and culture of deaf people, including Person from the World of Silence (2003, co-author).

Aleksei Prokofiev is hearing, is the curator of the artist-run space spaceofunknownplace, and leads the discussion cinema club at Garage for people with developmental disabilities.

Maxim Pechersky is hearing and is a director and film editor who works on artists’ documentary films and video projects.


The course begins on March 30, 2023. Participants should be 16 or older.

To take part, please fill in the application form by 20:00 on March 15 or send a video in Russian Sign Language via Telegram to +7 903 625 8615.