Personal is based on interviews with 13 of Mundy's family members across three generations and looks at how people perceive one another and she uses these conversations to create discussions on dis/ability in the world. Of course, Mundy will also be recounting her own experiences as a Child Of Deaf Adults (CODA) and is looking forward to sharing these with her audience. "I had a pretty amazing childhood. I could talk with my hands, play music full blast, and every Friday night we went to Deaf club where I would play with heaps of other codas and scream at the tops of our voices while our parents signed till the wee hours of the morning!" she recalls.
"I grew up in the eighties where there was no Internet, phone or captions on TV even for Deaf people. Times were pretty challenging back then for Deaf people. Kids made fun of my family and me and there was a stigma around signing in public. Adults who were hearing did not have a clue how to navigate Deaf people so they would often look to me to bridge communication. Since inclusion was not really a thing that happened back then, there were not many professional interpreting services so I would support my parents with interpreting as much as I could."
As with Imagined Touch, Mundy hopes that Personal will be a way of bridging the divide between the hearing and the Deaf and inspire new ways of communication. "I want Personal to reveal an unseen intersection in our community; to imagine a new way. I want people to know that Deaf people have hearing children. That Hearing people can be native sign language users. That signing Auslan at home is as normal as kids who speak Greek or Vietnamese at home. That Auslan is the Sign Language of Australia and that it has dialects in different states," she says.
"That we are a community. That my position intersects Deaf culture and mainstream culture and that I dearly want both of these cultures to be in harmony and let each other in more and to fall in love deeply with each other as much as I have. To transmit peace, acceptance, respect for the other and to try harder to accept each other. To know, that the more we know about each other is to know more about ourselves. That Deaf people have taught me how to listen. Personal is a universal story. It's a story of a family who love one another and do their best to get by in life. I think most people will get that. I hope they do, and that they will talk about it."
Venue: Arts House, 521 Queensberry St., North Melbourne
Season: 24 - 29 April | Tue, Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 5pm
Length: 60 minutes
Tickets: $35 Full | $30 Conc | $25 Student
Bookings: Arts House
31 May Hamilton VIC