About the exhibition:

Art and Signs. Deaf Culture / Hearing Culture
presents art that lies at the intersection of Deaf culture and hearing culture. It showcases works by artists who take various systems of language and communication as their point of departure, exploring themes of difference, similarity, and singularity. Concealing neither their own perspectives nor the limitations thereof, the artists seek to open up new possibilities within existing boundaries.

The works in the exhibition are by artists whose practices revolve around sound, music, speech, sign language, signs, and written language, and the inherent artistic potential of these domains. Through interdisciplinary and inspiring practices, the boundaries between dance, performance, music, language, literature, and painting begin to dissolve. Art and Signs raises questions about connections and intersections between Deaf culture and hearing culture, shedding light on social, cultural, and political hierarchies in the process.

The first edition of this exhibition Gebärde Zeichen Kunst. Gehörlose Kultur / Hörende Kultur took place in 2012 in Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien in Berlin. An Paenhuysen co-curated the exhibition with the artist Wolfgang Müller who, from 1980 onwards, collaborated with Deaf activist and artist Gunter Trube (1960 - 2008) on various projects. 

This 2022 edition of the exhibition is curated by An Paenhuysen in close collaboration with Deaf culture and art advisor Alice Hu. The expanded exhibition focuses on Deaf culture in the Asian context. On September 9, 2022 the exhibition opened at the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art in the context of the DAWA Festival (Diverse As We Are).
Participating artists: Yunjoo Kwak, Gunter Trube, Die Tödliche Doris, Ming Wong, Wolfgang Müller, Christine Sun Kim, Signmark, Roman Signer, Youmee Lee, Zione Hong, Zhang Zhuoling, Yang Jianhua, Xu Min, Cai Rui, soundpocket (Wayne Choi, Joseph Yiu, Wai Lun Hsu, Lai Ping So, and So Wai-Lam), Alice Hu Xiaoshu, and Pu Wenyuan. Design by Meeya Tjiang
Organizers: Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art and Department of Culture and Education of the German Consulate General Shanghai
Supported by: Shanghai International Culture Association, European Spaces of Culture, EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), Pro Helvetia Shanghai Swiss Arts Council, Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Porsche (China) Motors Limited and OATLY