Christine Sun Kim Stacks Silent Traumas at St. Louis’ Kemper Art Museum

In Stacking Traumas (2021), a new site-specific mural opening at St. Louis’ Kemper Art Museum, born-Deaf sound artist Christine Sun Kim identifies three sources of traumatic experience, represented by three tables stacked on top of one another. Looming high above “dinner table syndrome” (table 1) and “hearing people anxiety” (table 2) is the name of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor, scientist, and eugenicist who vociferously opposed teaching sign language to Deaf children.

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