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“Portraits parlés” exhibition at les Bains des Pâquis

This exhibition highlights the beauty and diversity of deaf people through intimate, meaningful portraits.

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Portraits parlés - Bains des Pâquis

The “Portraits parlés” exhibition, created by Denis Ponté in collaboration with Pierre Dunand Filliol, Philippe Constantin, Francesco Bartoletti, Fréderik Vauthey and Jaime Barria, aims to make the public more aware of the daily life of deaf people.

It serves to promote a better understanding and inclusion of this community which is often marginalised.


In addition to portraits, the exhibition includes events and activities allowing the public to plunge even further into the world of deaf people, thereby encouraging dialogue and exchange between hearing people and the deaf community.


From 15 September to 15 November
Starting with the premise that deaf people express themselves “in images” and “through images”, the photographer Denis Ponté has created a series of portraits of deaf people, presenting their signature in sign language. These portraits invite hearing people to consider this different and often forgotten or marginalised community with a view to creating ties with it.

Each series of portraits is accompanied by an image of the alphabet in sign language corresponding to the region or language represented, showcasing the wealth and complexity of “deaf culture”.

The series of portraits has been created in different countries, such as:

  • Germany (Lübeck),
  • Switzerland (Geneva),
  • Spain (Barcelona and Valencia),
  • Greece (Athens),
  • Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan),
  • Burkina Faso (Ougadougou, Bobo Dioulasso and Mahadaga),
  • Egypt (Cairo),
  • Morocco (Tangiers).

For each community, a photography workshop intended for deaf people has been organised simultaneously, encouraging discussion and the active participation of the people who are part of this project.

“Solides sensibles” sound installation

15 and 20 September at 6 p.m.
“Solides sensibles”, a sound installation by the musician, Pierre Dunand Filliol, and the inventor and craftsman, Yannick Jakob, with the collaboration of the MACO (collaborative manufacturing).


23 September at 11a.m.
Reading by Philippe Constantin, accompanied by Francesco Bartoletti on the cello and interpretation in French sign language.


24 September at 10 a.m.
Café-philo with Fréderik Vauthey and Jaime Barria, interpretation in French sign language focussing on a theme linked to deafness.

Bains des Pâquis

Quai du Mont-Blanc 30
1201 Genève

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Article modifié le 22.09.2023 à 16:58