Arnaud Balard is a French Deafblind artist.
DeafBlind artist Arnaud Balard designed a ‘Sign Union’ flag for Deaf people and sign language users everywhere. The Deaf French National Federation approved this Deaf flag in May 2014 even though it took Arnaud Balard two years to envision the Sign Union flag. Arnaud wants the sign union flag to be vastly visible to the Deaf community and people who use sign language. When they are far away, they will instantly know it is the sign language flag for Deaf people who communicate in sign language.
The Sign Union Flag is acknowledged by all Deaf people, signing people, and the Deaf community from around the world.
What is my art focus?
My work is mainly related to the sign language flag. This is the right way to sign the flag in sign language.
The sign union flag has impacted the deaf community. The flag was everywhere internationally.
Why did I design the flag?
I was thinking about what design I should come up with I tested different ideas and signs; I wouldn’t say I liked some signs i didn’t want to have a small sign visible on the flag I thought about the different designs on flags.
I identified a few signs that represent meaning negatively; for example, this sign icon mostly comes with a hearing aid icon. I wanted the icon to be unique and different. I also wanted the icon to be separated from hearing loss. The icon should be mainly focused on sign language, but there are some other elements I had a difficult time finding the right design; later, I found an idea the shape of the hand can fully cover the flag. That was the idea I loved the size of the flag-covered every corner of its hand, so if the hand is far away, it is easy for everyone to see the flag is a symbol of unity.
Our community comprises people from different backgrounds, so we don’t divide it by race or anything else. We keep ourselves together in unity regardless of our identities. For example, the deaf, deafblind hearing loss goes on. We do not oppress or discriminate against each other the cliques aren’t the way to do it together. We should grow as big communities.
As we grow in size and confidence, people who think they are above us start to respect us. We need to unite our thoughts and think positively to all work together.
The sign union flag has three colors. It’s a dark blue, yellow color and a light blue
Let’s talk about the logo behind the Union Sign Flag.
This logo represents people with disabilities; in my opinion, a white color means disabilities. It is not a good color. It suppresses my feelings that color doesn’t bring us a great sense. I chose yellow why
A light blue is a symbol of sign language. Yellow brings light, hope, and enlightenment yellow is like a sun opening our minds to new things. I also chose a blue color for deaf food, humanity, and celebrating deaf gain.
A cherished value that binds our communities together, we grow our communities worldwide.
The library comes out from the hand flag and shines through everyone, so sign language gets more recognized by everyone. Hearing people realize that they are on the same level as deaf people are.
Since I started involving arts, my artwork has been related to politics art is about fighting against discrimination and oppression from the government.
What is this hand bird?
What symbol is it? The bird represents freedom. They fly anywhere with no restriction on where or what to sign. We are free to express anything.
People generally focus on the mouth and ears of deaf babies; thousands of hearing aid batteries all over the baby mean how often parents insert batteries.
In summary, parents put hearing aids on their babies when babies wake up to hear if a device doesn’t work. It seems like an easy way to solve the problem would be to slip in another battery; as they insert more and more batteries, many will be visible on the baby.
Yes, I was losing my sight. I stopped doing artwork.
I changed careers from being an artist to a sign language visual. I mostly do poetry.
Yes, I am deafblind. It doesn’t mean that I’m always alone. No, I’m not leaving my community.
There’s a way to communicate with the community using protactile sign language. I’m involved in many different communities sign language is the key to opening our minds to many things worldwide. I can communicate anywhere internationally.
The shape of the hand flag will be with us forever.
The purpose of having a Sign Union Flag is saying: with sign language WE ARE, WE CAN, and we WILL.
Information on Arnaud Balard:
Arnaud’s artworks on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Surdism
Arnaud’s Sign Union Flag on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/signunionflag