Deaf geographies are at once both physical and abstract spaces, ranging from Deaf community hubs such as Washington, DC, and Rochester, NY, to conversations, impressions, and memories shared by Deaf people expressing their identities. Works by five Deaf artists are featured in this exhibition that features prints, papercutting, collage, paintings, and papermaking.
Exploring Deaf Geographies is presented in partnership with the Dyer Arts Center, part of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology. It is curated by Tabitha Jacques who is the Director of the Dyer Arts Center and splits her time between Rochester and DC.
“This is an exciting opportunity for visitors to have a deeper understanding of the complexities of Deaf life through art and to build onto the concept of Hyattsville becoming a Deaf geography of its own,” states Jacques. Jacques goes on to say “Hyattsville is becoming a hub for the Deaf community; the town has a Deaf-owned brewery, boasts a sizable population of Deaf individuals and families, and is seeing an increase in small businesses learning to work with Deaf residents. By partnering with the RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is building on Hyattsville’s Deaf community with an exhibition that features works by Deaf artists.”
The artists represented in the show are current residents of either the greater Rochester or DC areas.