De’VIA Statement of Philosophy • May 2016
On May 27th, the De’VIA Elders and the attendees of the De’VIA Reunion Conference 2016 came up with the De’VIA Statement of Philosophy. It is an important step in the development and understanding of De’VIA. Please feel free to share this widely. (Text below image)
De’VIA Statement of Philosophy
The De’VIA Elders present at the De’VIA Reunion Conference 2016 realize that since the creation of the term De’VIA (Deaf View Image Art) in 1989, the term De’VIA has come to mean the artistic expression of the Deaf Experience.
The original goal of De’VIA was to understand more about what makes visual fine art by Deaf people based on the Deaf Experience different from visual fine art made by Deaf people not motivated by this experience and to provide a framework for this understanding in the field of visual fine art.
Now we accept and embrace that the philosophy of De’VIA can apply to other artistic disciplines.
We encourage other artistic disciplines to develop criteria for understanding what makes work De’VIA (work based on the Deaf Experience) versus artistic work made by Deaf people.
We recognize that the Deaf Experience is unique and the purpose of De’VIA includes but is not limited to:
- artistic expression
- narrative expression
- social & political commentary
- persuasive expression
- ceremonial purposes
- & functional and access design
We encourage ongoing development in these areas:
- art education
- art criticism & theory
- historical documentation
- studio practice & art residencies
- art marketing & engagement
- cultivation of collections and collectors
- museum & gallery exhibition
Signed by the De’VIA Elders present:
Paul Johnston, Guy Wonder III, Alex Wilhite, Sandi Inches, Nancy Creighton, Ann Silver, Tony McGregor
The attendees at the De’VIA Reunion 2016 conference acknowledge and appreciate the De’VIA elders for their work with our hearts, eyes and raised waving hands. We cherish and will honor the fact that the foundation of theDe’VIA philosophy came from an understanding of its application to traditional visual art.
Signed by those in attendance:
Jim Van Manen, et al.