we are here at Deaf Art Community. DAC, which is the abbreviation It’s located here in Indonesia. in the city of Yogyakarta. so, let’s go in and see what happens! c’mon. Hi! I’m here inside the DAC I’m thrilled to meet him! so, let’s introduce who you are. starting off by your name first My name is Hafidh My sign name is: (shown as he signed “H” and put on his right cheek) I am from Yogyakarta. in Indonesia! Stacey: And how old are you? Hafidh: how old am I? hmmm, what do you think? I’m 19 years old. 19 years old!? woowwwww. he’s really so young! wow. he’s so much younger than I am and he already established this place?! why did you decide to open DAC? well… but actually, I didn’t create or establish DAC I participated in 2010 DAC first opened during the year of 2004 There was a chairperson whom I have great respect for that person started DAC and established here and passed down the position of a chairperson and now I am the chairperson of DAC I thought about it and really want to encourage and support Deaf people through arts I want to empower them through arts instead of feeling they’re inferior in art community Like you know that the Hearing community have more opportunities in art field whereas there is a lack of representation for Deaf I want to create an equal opportunity for us The sign for DAC is “butterfly.” Jason: is it because of feeling free? Hafidh: no, well – yeah. feeling free but it’s actually because – you know what’s the caterpillar? Jason: yes, I know. Hafidh: Hearing people look at Deaf people like they’re caterpillars. Jason: oooooh (clapping) so when they become butterflies, Deaf people can look at it and feel inspired they’ll like to have that experience as butterflies. Hafidh: the center of this area is the “worries.” Jason: it means “heart?” Hafidh: worries! so, this means some Deaf people aren’t sure what were their worries they’ve been feeling suppressed and oppressed do you understand? so, “I feel a heavy burden on my heart because of…” here, it says “sad!” and this one says “dream” So it’s all the emotions that they’re feeling too sadness, happiness, stressed, and many, many other thoughts and feelings all are written around here which means it’s not always needed to be expressed happily what you’re doing is good, because arts allow us to express our inner feelings Hafidh: that’s exactly it! Jason: so Deaf people can feel better after expressing I feel really touched. Stacey: Hearing people also come here to help the Deaf Art community here! She says that she used to work with Disabled people before like in Australia. That’s cool. So, those Hearing people who come here are not in charge of DAC. they work under Deaf people. It’s a hard of hearing person who’s in charge still I’m really glad about that, so I like how it works here so, what’s your future goal for DAC? My goal for DAC here is I’m not the only one who will do this. it’s all of us here, equally. including with Hearing people, we work together equally and I want Hearing people have the respect for Deaf Indonesians and learn that Deaf people can do arts that Deaf people have the power too and that Deaf people can do many different things It is because of many Hearing people here in Indonesia believe that Deaf people cannot do anything. They believe that it wasn’t possible for Deaf Indonesians to do dance, arts or whatever else and I don’t believe that. so I can show them that we can do many things I want to expose them that we can through dance performances or or through arts so they can realize that they were wrong I really want that. so yeah… Stacey: I’m touched by what you said. I really hope to see the growth and changes in the Deaf community here by educating and showing that we all are capable to do many things. Hafidh: yes, that’s right. Thank you!