Rinkoo Barpaga’s Bubble and Butch revealed the vulnerability of young diverse deaf people.
The bullying and discrimination stops when Bubble is asked to look after a mean looking dog called Butcher. The dog is a metaphor for Bubbles access, acting like a superhero at every encounter in the hearing world. Butcher transforms Bubbles life for the better.
The whole story was communicated in a highly visual style; using for the first time urban sign language – a slanguage to demonstrate the creativity amongst deaf people on the streets of the UK.
This defiant work tackled double discrimination, and mental health in the deaf world.