Faculty of Cultural Studies

Universitas Brawijaya

Hearing Impaired Invite Public to be Disabilities Literate through Art Exhibitions

10-Jul-2018 admin Warta FIB


Fikri Muhandis, one of the deaf students from Fine Arts Study Program, Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB), guided by Femi Eka Rahmawati, S.Sn, M.Pd (Head of Fine Art Study Program) held a fine art exhibition on Friday, July 6th, 2018 on the 2nd floor building A of FCS UB.

Fikri Muhandis showcased a unique, imaginative, and educative work that has been packaged in an appealing form for public. Carrying a comic book entitled “FITU Si Bocah Tuli“, he awakens and introduces people about the world of deafness. Deaf people, though having a hearing loss, can also work and take higher education. To enjoy the works, visitors could also get a useful knowledge, in which they could learn basic lessons of Indonesian Sign Language (BISINDO). The work of Fikri Muhandis can also be accessed on the Webtoon.

This student from Yogyakarta batch 2012 chose to make comics as the final project because he thought that it would be more interesting to show and the process of making was also easier compared to painting or animated films. That comic told about his life experiences, about the way he undergoes various activities and communication.  “I also often feel that a lot of people sometimes speak for themselves and I thought maybe those people are not aware of deaf people around them, then I purposely make this comic,” Fikri said.

The process of making his work lasted for about six months, because he also had to finish his thesis and other tasks. In the step of making his comic story, he first asked for opinions, inputs from the “deaf and hear” who have experienced an atmosphere of “deaf and hear” environment. There, he got a lot of experiences and put them in the story of his comic.

Fikri himself experienced some difficulties in making comic, when he first made this comic traditionally by simple drawing and coloring on paper using pencils or colored pencils. However, after some process he found that digital made his work easier and more effective, he finally chose to use digital equipment to complete the comic. (Afandi/DT/MSH/PSIK FIB)