The Construction
& Deconstruction
of language

18 August 2017, 18:00
19 – 29 August 2017

Curated by Rawan Serhan
Group art exhibition with Roberto Abuin, Nadine Hattom, Joe Hornby, Marco Pando, Lisa Premke, Rawan Serhan, Eduardo Suarez

Seven practitioners from different cultural and professional backgrounds have joined together to explore interconnections of their four mother-tongues: Spanish, Arabic, English and German.

Languitecture is inspired by anthropology, philology and linguistics, aiming to naturally connect to a broad audience because communication and reinvention of culture is a prevailing and current issue. Built on the notion of art as a language of images and rhythms, the authors are driven by the curiosity to witness an accelerated evolving layering of languages, cultures and media develop into space. From sculptures, sound installations, dance, visual art and more, the exhibition seeks to experiment on how different cultures might battle, influence, connect or align using a fundamental and universal element of culture: language.

Language constantly evolves. Varying degrees of similarity between each of our languages is evidence of a rich history of language migration, shared genealogies, and comfortably forgotten histories of adjacency. In addition, connections persist between speech patterns and intonations of different languages. Languitecture will reflect on this morphing principle through collaboration and interpretation of each participant’s work, spatially translating the pieces through different stages and artistic mediums.

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Languitecture is funded by Arts Council England and Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), and is supported by several cultural institutions including the Arab British Centre, the British Library, the Cervantes Institute in London, the Embassy of the Netherlands in London, the European Union National Institutes for Culture, and the Goethe Institute.

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) was established in 2007 by local cultural lobbyists as an independent initiative that funds individuals and organisations in the fields of cinema, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts while facilitating cultural exchange, research and cooperation across the Arab world and globally.

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences to enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art – reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

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