Textile installation of Deaf Voices textile poem
I wrote a poem on audism and how it affects us Deaf people in the community and I performed it in Auslan. I used the sheer sheet of fabric as a veil at the start of the performance as a metaphor for the block audism creates between the Deaf community and the world, like a veil. After the performance, I sewed the poem into the veil sheet, creating a poetry textile and installed it from the roof. A projector projected the video performance onto the poetry textile, giving a powerful effect on the work to inform of the ongoing issue we deal with on a daily basis with audism and oppressive attitudes. I chose not to caption this performance to give Hearing communities insight into what it is like for us all the time when a TV show, movie, video, webinar or live stream is not captioned. This artwork was a finalist in the Incinerator Art Award 2020 and then shown in Zero O'Clock exhibition at CoVA in Melbourne Uni.