Folklore is a technology that harnesses symbolic language to encrypt and disseminate psychosocial knowledge. In other words, folklore is a Trojan Horse that facilitates the discrete movement of ideological information. This understanding of folklore carries with it the idea that fictional stories contain and preserve non-fictional histories.
In Other Words questions the line between fact and fiction. Within the exhibition, a selection of stories and symbols are donned to disguise subversive discussions. This revised folkloric material “acts as meshwork for new forms of knowledge” (Torre Alain), and simultaneously, regenerates older forms of knowledge. In Other Words ultimately redeems folklore as a viable form of dissent and a universal mode of communication, even in our current times.
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