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Experiences of Hearing and Deafness in Art. A lecture by Viktor Palyonny

Infinite Ear
25 August 2018


The public program for the exhibition Infinite Ear continues with the presentation of research into the emergence and work of international deaf artists who explore the life and culture of the deaf community.

Among other topics, Infinite Ear focuses on various states of deafness that can also be reflected in other modes of sound perception: tactile, visual or imaginary. The chief editor of V yedinom stroyu—the journal of the Russian National Deaf Society—Viktor Palyonny will discuss works by deaf and hard of hearing artists from the UK and the USA who explore their hearing differences in their art and address hearing metaphorically in drawings, paintings or video.

Although they all belong to the younger generation of artists, these practitioners were preceded by others, whose works accumulated the lived experiences of deaf people in a broader sense. The lecture will also look at the stages and historical context of the development of deaf art, which emerged after sign languages and deaf cultures received official recognition—the work of artist Betty G. Miller will be used as a starting point.

Drawing on works by influential artists of the deaf movement Chuck Baird, Harry Williams, Ann Silver, Susan Dupor, and Nancy Rourke, Viktor Palyonny will discuss themes and formal elements that deaf artists use to convey their messages and show how they have studied situations related to hearing and its loss.


Viktor Palyonny is a doctoral candidate in Pedagogy. He is deaf and is the chief editor at the journal V yedinom stroyu of the Russian National Deaf Society. He has written many articles on the history and culture of deafness and co-authored the book The Man from the World of Silence (2003). He lectures on the history of deafness and Russian Sign Language interpretation at the Moscow State Linguistic University and was one of the authors of the module on the history of the deaf community and deaf artists for Garage’s training course for deaf tour guides.


Free admission with advance registration.

The event is accessible to deaf and hard of hearing visitors. The lecture will be interpreted into Russian.


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