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AGB Whips a Deaf Horse

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AGB Whips a Deaf Horse 11 inch by 14 inch oil on stretched canvas SOLD click on image.

Description about the painting:
This painting is about Oralism failure.  Alexander Graham Bell (AGB) advocated the oral method in Deaf Education, limiting to lipreading and speech and pushed for a resolution banning sign language.  After the International Congress on Education of the Deaf declared that oral education was better than sign education and passed a resolution banning sign language in Milan 1880, hundreds of thousands of Deaf (if not millions) grew up deprived of both sign language and real knowledge of the language used by the society in which they are.  Today AGB Association for the Deaf (AGBAD) still "whips a dead horse", stressing lipreading and speech without sign language.  Many oral failures still exist.

De'VIA symbols: 
-blue tape on horse's eyes refers to colonialism and audism and more. 
-Yellow horse refers to light as Deaf people need light to see. 
-Blue shapes under horse are "blue tapes everywhere" refers to being trapped.

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Nancy Rourke paintings copyright. 2012
Last updated February 13, 2012