Rinkoo Barpaga, a Lux Film Commission

Rinkoo Barpaga, Crystal Palace Festival, July 2020, Photographer Pawel Gawronski

Rinkoo’s proposal to Lux was inspired visually, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Julian Schnabel, Laura Obiols. Rinkoo Barpaga is a creative, adept at street photography capturing portraits of hidden people on the street. He has a keen visual eye, his work is a conversation and in his stand up comedy you can see his confidence in the hearing world. Rinkoo inspires deaf people, specifically disadvantaged deaf people of colour his award-winning documentary (double discrimination) was filmed in Handsworth Birmingham and interviewed young people: using urban sign language to describe race discrimination. Rinkoo is brave, and willing to use his art practice, to tackle to be subjects and confront audiences with difficult issues.

Deaf Explorer think Rinkoo Barpaga is trending, amongst selection panels picking artists to receive micro grants. With imagination, Rinkoo combined his  micro commission from Unlimited with a film commission from Lux.

Rinkoo’s Unlimited micro commission was to train with VV artist Zoey McWhinnie, his proposal to Lux was to make a short R&D film with Zoe to test the theme of “receive’, using VV and his artistry as a filmmaker and photographer.
Rinkoo says, “VV can show character, back story and motivation or dreams better than sign language. I feel it is closer to grassroots deaf (where the use of finger spelling frowned upon) and urban sign language. It is the variation, brevity and creativity in VV that will allow me to present my work as a moving image and cinematic experience. I want to play with the idea of the audience (receiving) information through VV and the camera lens, directly communicating with an audience without sound, but with pictures formed by physical performance. I want to explore new digital performance for deaf audiences that are curious about what are artists doing at this time and seeking new experiences online.