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Presented by Perth Festival in association with DADAA

What languages do you speak? Do you speak the language of your parents? Your grandparents?

Language encompasses words, symbols, non-verbal sounds, and actions. Where language expresses cultural hierarchies and values, translation becomes a process of transferring these cultural meanings from one language to another, mediating between cultures and negotiating difference.

Featuring video, soft sculpture, zines, and print works, artists Alter Boy, Fayen d’Evie, Nastaran Ghadiri, Zou Mat Je, and Josh Ophel navigate between languages with empathy and creativity, exploring what language can tell us about the world and our place in it.

image: Fayen d’Evie with Anna Seymour, Vincent Chan, and Trent Walter, Care is a cognate to grief (detail), 2021, screenprint and tactile UV prints

DADAA respectfully acknowledges the Whadjuk and Yued people of the Noongar nation and the Southern Yamatji Peoples, the traditional owners of the lands upon which DADAA operates. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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