The Gallery of ARTFul Medicine
Signs of Compassion
Created by Miggs Burroughs
Signs of Compassion: A Tribute to the Poem by Emily Dickinson
The Deaf and hearing worlds have two wholly distinct cultures and languages. In fact, The Deaf community identifies as a linguistic and cultural minority – one that has been been historically oppressed and misunderstood. To demonstrate how compassion, learning and understanding can bridge gaps between cultures and languages, the new exhibit Signs of Compassion presents portraits of the hearing community signing each phrase of Emily Dickinson’s poem of the same title in American Sign Language (ASL) in conjunction with video of Deaf poets expressing the work.
Signs of Compassion drives home the point that the Deaf community does not subscribe to conventional notions of needing to be “fixed” or rehabilitated,” according to Jody Prysock, MS, CI, who compiled the video footage for the exhibit. “By Deaf poets sharing their interpretations of Emily Dickinson’s poem, we honor the beauty, grace, and complexity of ASL, and celebrate the rich culture of Deaf people,” Ms. Prysock said.
Signs of Compassion runs from May 2019 through October 2019 at Montefiore Medical Center, Hutchison Metro Center, 1250 Waters Place, Tower One, in the Bronx, NY. Signs of Compassion features 30 16”x 16” black and white lenticular portraits created by Westport, CT photographer Miggs Burroughs. In a lenticular photo, two images are embedded into each frame, and an image changes to the other as the viewer walks by, approximating real time movement.
For more information, please go to: https://www.bronxnet.org/watch/videos/7547/?topicId=14.