Project Arts Centre and Nicoline van Harskamp Presents

Exhibitions

Englishes

Dates: 15 Feb - 31 Mar

Show Time: 11am-7.30pm

Englishes (2013–ongoing) explores the widespread use and modification of the English language by its non-native speakers.

 

The work depicts the development of the plurality of spoken English that displaces the perceived position occupied by dominant strains of the language. It also addresses the political import of this linguistic development, pointing out how our use of language is consistently entrenched in structures of class and power. Challenging these connotations, van Harskamp proposes a dissolution of English into “Englishes,” co- opting it as a common and ever-growing linguistic resource.

 

The exhibition consists of a series of episodic films comprising interview, performance, and scripted fiction that explore the myriad variations of English spoken between people who do not have any other shared tongue.

 

Nicoline van Harskamp is an Amsterdam-based artist whose work considers acts of language and communication in relation to ideology and solidarity through video, installation, and scripted performance. Her previous projects and live works have been staged at Tate Modern, London; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; New Museum, New York; and elsewhere

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