Ruh al-‘Alam Helps Deaf Students Express Themselves

Guest post by Kate Busby

Ruh al-‘Alam (born 1981) is a British Islamic artist. From 2000 to 2003, he studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and he graduated in Illustration and Graphic Design. He then studied at the Arabic Calligraphy in Egypt from 2004 to 2006, but remains a student of calligraphy.

He joins Adobe Youth Voices in London as an Educator of a group of young deaf people from Al Isharah, a Deaf Muslim organization in London. The aim of the group is to create a series of new media artworks that will challenge preconceptions of deafness to a global audience.

Of his participation in Adobe Youth Voices, Ruh says: “This is an amazing opportunity to see youngsters try a whole new way of expressing themselves. What matters is what and how they express themselves, it’s the beauty of hearing their voices and stories as well as helping them bring them to life. What is truly amazing about our project is that it is the first time to ‘hear’ deaf people through visuals they produce. By introducing them to creative new processes, it really opens up a world of creative potential that often is difficult for deaf people to express through simply words or even sign.”

Kate Busby
Adobe Youth Voices Master Educator