these words considers how artists incorporate language into their practices, challenging the dominance of English in a linguistically diverse country such as Australia. The exhibition explores how language acts as both a unifying force and a barrier; an integral tool for understanding our own culture as well as the culture of others.
The capacity for language to simultaneously act as a form of connection and isolation, of fluidity and evolution feeds into the socio-political issues brought into question by this exhibition. By bringing together work by Rushdi Anwar, Sha Sawari and Moorina Bonini, the exhibition will present the history and power of language from an Indigenous Australian perspective alongside that of recent refugee and migrant experiences.
Writing accompanying this exhibition is by Nadia Niaz, creator of The Australian Multilingual Writing Project.
Curated by Jessica Row and Georgia Mill.
Images: Rushdi Anwar, A Hope and Peace to End All Hope and Peace (still image) 2018. HD video sound installation, one channel. And Sha Sawari, Untitled 2019, 58 x 81 cm, various chared timber offcuts and charcoal powder on marine plywood.