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Galerie Polaris

Exhibition Detail
Bouchra Khalili: Speeches
15, rue des Arquebusiers
75003 Paris

September 8th, 2012 - October 27th, 2012
, Bouchra KhaliliBouchra Khalili
© Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Polaris
3rd Arrondissement
+33 (0)1 42 72 21 279
From Tuesday to Fryday from 1pm to 7pm On Saturday from 11am to 7pm
installation, photography, video-art

Speeches. Video installation. 5 single channels. 2012 / Speeches is a video-installation built around 5 single channel videos produced in 2012. Bouchra Khalili collaborated with five exiled people based in Paris and its outskirts, asking them to translate, memorize, and “re-tell” fragments of major texts from political thought and modern contemporary culture written by Malcom X, Abdelkrim El Khattabi, Édouard Glissant, Aimé Césaire, and Mahmoud Darwish. Each of the texts is said in the speaker’s mother tongue, including their unwritten dialects spanning from Moroccan Arabic to Dari from Afghanistan, Malinke from Mali to Kabyl from Algeria, and Wolof from Senegal. Each speakers tells these words in her/his familiar environment: at home or at work. Through this translation and its inherently oral nature, this process of “Créolisation” attempts a movement of re-incarnation through the languages of those in whom the words, the presence, and the thoughts remains mainly invisible.

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