Sprich deutsch oder stirb (Speak german or die)
Sign language is a minority, a dialect within each speaking community. There is no universal. For the exhibition the artist is working together with an interpreter for deaf and hard-of-hearing people, giving voice to the voiceless.
During a long-term research project, the artist has collaborated with Okan Seese, a deaf artist of German-born Turkish origin, as well as German deaf-mute translators. He participated in a demonstration that this deaf-mute community realized to demand more respect, inclusion and attention from German society.
Using the controversial title “Sprich Deutsch oder stirb», theme by the Turkish-German rapper Volkan T, who makes a version of the song from the controversial “Speak English or die!”, from the American rock band SOD.
In this project, the artist is interested in giving voice to the concerns, the poetics of critical thinking and that of deaf people, through their own artistic interventions.