L’Histoire silencieuse des Sourds (The Silent History of the Deaf), in partnership with the National Institute for young deaf people and the International Visual Theatre troop tels the story fo deaf people through the ages, with periods of advancement for teaching and intégration, and tells of some famous deaf mutes that you may not know of, such as Jeanne Stuart or the architect Étienne de Fay…
The deaf-mute cause has advanced over the years (and hopefully still does) with some good moments and some setbacks. At the end of the 19th century marriage between deaf people was forbidden, deaf women were forcibly sterilised and sign language was outlawed. It was only in the 1960s and 1970s that things solid advances were made, for example with the official recognition of sign language.
This new exhibition will help you to discover different facets of deaf culture, with numerous documents explaining the history, portraits of the men and women that made a real contribution to having deaf people recognised as proper citizens.
With a sensitive approach, the International Visual Theatre troop – both a theatre, training centre and publishing house – is taking part in the exhibition by creating four video looking back and focusing on deaf history.
Admission to the exhibition is included in the entrance ticket to the monument. Don’t miss it during your visit, and why not go up to see the dome while you’re there?