Collection of Arnaud Balard artwork
Scope and Contents
Collection of Arnaud Balard artwork contains a "Le Surdisme" manifesto by Arnaud Balard-a treatise on a deaf art movement, The
Abbot Welcoming lightbox 2.5' x 1.5' which depicts a caricature of L'Abbe de L'Epee surrounded by hands. There is also an enamel lapel pin of the same design. Balard also designed a Deaf Union Flag on an enamel tile, lapel pin and an actual fabric flag.
The collection also includes ten
Handsbird lapel pins in black, blue, red, white/gold, pink, hot pink, yellow, white/silver, mint green.
- Creation: 2013
- Balard, Arnaud (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to researchers.
Biographical / Historical
Arnaud Balard is a French Deaf-blind Artist born in 1971. He created the Surdism Art Movement in 2009 in Brussels. He wrote a manifesto to propose artistic exchanges on all Deaf subjects and experiences. Identity, History, Bilingualism, Biculturalism, Audism and Deafhood, all expressed by the emergence of a Deaf Art, is the goal of Surdism.
When asked why he designed a flag for the Deaf, Balard explains that finding a Deaf flag in a crowd one would instantly know there are other people like you who will accept you as you are. You instantly know you would find sign language, or at least someone who knows how to communicate with you. The fundamental aim of having a flag is saying with sign language: WE ARE, WE CAN, and WE WILL. It took him two years of studying flags from all over the globe to imagine the Deaf Union flag. It was approved by the Deaf French National Federation in May 2014. The colors used in the flag; turquoise represents how the Deaf community cherishes Sign Language; yellow symbolizes light, hope, knowledge, and enlightenment; dark blue indicates Deafhood, an individual and collective journey to combat audism and embrace Deaf gain. Dark blue is also the color used by the World Federation of the Deaf.
3.25 Linear Feet (1 half document box and custom box made for the flag.)
Collection of Arnaud Balard artwork includes a light box designed by Balard, and a label pin of the same design; an enamel tile and a lapel pin of the Deaf Union flag; as well as an actual flag. Also included are ten "handsbird" lapel pins.
The collection is arranged by item type.
C.S. North, Shelf 231
C.S. North, Shelf 228 - Union flag
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection of Arnaud Balard artwork was purchased for the Deaf Studies Archive by the NTID librarian, Joan Naturale. Accession number(s): RITDSA.0092
The "Abbot Welcoming" lightbox measures 2.5' x 1.5'.
"The Abbot Welcoming" pin is 1.5 inches.
"Deaf Union Flag" enamel tile is approximately 2 x 4 inches.
"Deaf Union Flag" fabric flag in white and blue 100 x 150 inches.
Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in December 2013.
- Collection of Arnaud Balard artwork
- RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
- Jody Sidlauskas
- 13 December 2013
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