In the exhibition, individual words, incomplete phrases and silence unfold around the viewer in the form of video, photographs and text. The subdued pieces mainly tell their story by remaining quiet and highlighting that which is missing between the words.
The exhibition originated from my own observations on living surrounded by a foreign language. I read the local newspaper although I could not understand the language, picking up the individual words I could understand in the articles. For the exhibition, these words have been translated into English, and they are printed, one by one, on paper in the video installation Print. The same words are also repeated in other pieces of the exhibition; words taken out of context, fragmentary, rewritten snippets of phrases.
The importance of language is hard to articulate. Language enables the transfer of thoughts, knowledge, feelings and meanings.
Or as Emilia Karjula, a reasearcher on language, writes about the exhibition:
”A psychoanalytic would maybe say that language is always filled with sadness. Does it always refer to something that is lost, for example a direct experience that language can never reach? Or we could pretend to be post-modern and say that language is its own reality, which doesn't have to correspond to anything that can be found in this world. Or we could listen to a sound poet or a neo-materialist tell us that perhaps language is a way of sensing on its own, just as bodily as smelling or touching.”