İz Öztat, Lana Čmajčanin,  Adela Jušić, Gazmend Ejupi,  Damir Očko, Stefanos Tsivopoulos 


Curated by:  Bea Herhold de Sousa

Venue:          Duke’s House 32-38 Duke’s Place, Aldgate , EC3A 7LP


The moment just after a decisive event is silent. Hereafter thought changes. It is a moment of breathlessness, before language bestows  different meanings; locations change significance and we experience detachment from ourselves.  


The exhibition brings together a number of works, which reflect on the profound effect incisions, namely in political or conflict related contexts, have on  experience. The events themselves, even if they are of the  magnitude of war or economical crisis , are of lesser importance.  The impact they have on the way we perceive and grasp our context however is fundamental. The visual and audible symbolism used in the works becomes a sensory trace structure, a performed re-iteration or a pictorial void.  The works structurally and visually relate this impact inherently and in their interaction with each other. 


The title of the exhibition’ two mouthsful of silence’ is the last line of Paul Celan’s poem ‘Sprachgitter’, (translated as  ‘ Speech-grill’ or ‘Language-mesh’). It refers to the wooden lattice of the confession booth or the more modern entry phone speaker. Celan, with his uniquely pictorial language, also makes an oblique reference to the grid like patterns words form in poetry and prose. Language as pattern is seen as a means of detaching from trauma, with Celan biographically linked to the Shoah and subsequent exodus, to France. 


Linguistic and pictorial fragmentation and re-contextualisation can function as artistic tropes to process trauma/incision/revolt as a societal tool for collective recovery or to imply impending change. The exhibition 'two mouthsful of silence' seeks to connect works based on these structural conceits formally and conceptually.



two mouthsful of silence
Thursday, September 10 - September 17, 2015


Art installation by Alketa Xhafa Mripa in 7 cities throughout Albania-Tirana, Shkoder, Berat, Durres, Korce, Tepelene, Gjirokaster. www.evenwallshaveears.com

© 2017 by Balkan Artists Guild  London

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