Lyudmila Luchkova

The essay reflects on the development of new social roles and, as a result, new identity aspects by deaf visitors of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, in the period from 2016 to 2020. Based on her personal experience of working in the inclusion department of Garage and on unstructured interviews with deaf individuals, the author analyzes the process of rethinking deafness as the key factor that shapes their identity. By examining a series of examples of deaf people acquiring new social roles within the art institution, she looks for interconnections with their personal sense of self.