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.


Friday February 4 | 6pm – 8pm




Artist Talk | Laura & Molly (Alter Boy) and Nastaran Ghadiri
Saturday 12 February 2022 | 2 – 3pm 

Join Laura & Molly from Alter Boy and Nastaran Ghadiri as they talk about their works in the exhibition, Our Language.


Performance |The sound of my own voice butchering transliterated Quranic Arabic
Sunday, 6 March 2022| 5pm – 6pm

Aisyah Aaqil Sumito will be performing alongside sound artist Annika Moses in relationship to the exhibition, Our Language. The performance will be a convivial and earnest journey into sound. 


Karaoke | An afternoon of multi-lingual song
Saturday, 19 March 2022 | 2 – 4pm

Join Zou Mat Je (做乜嘢) and friends in an afternoon of sharing your favourite tunes. We particularly welcome songs in languages other than English: perhaps a childhood favourite or one that holds some special significance for you. If you don’t know any, songs in English are great too! We invite you to come sing and dance to whatever makes you feel joyful and connected.


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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