Construction and Deconstruction of Language


Private View: 15th Thursday 2016, 18:00 – 21:00
Exhibition dates: 16th September – 15th October 2016

Curated by Rawan Serhan

Artists: Roberto Abuin, Joe Hornby, Nadine Hattom, Marco Pando, Lisa Premke, Rawan Serhan and Eduardo Suarez    

Seven practitioners from different cultural and professional backgrounds have joined together to explore interconnections of their four mother-tongues: Spanish, Arabic, English and German.
Languitecture is inspired by anthropology, philology and linguistics, aiming to naturally connect to a broad audience because communication and reinvention of culture is a prevailing and current issue. Built on the notion of art as a language of images and rhythms, the authors are driven by the curiosity to witness an accelerated evolving layering of languages, cultures and media develop into space. From sculptures, sound installations, dance, visual art and more, the exhibition seeks to experiment on how different cultures might battle, influence, connect or align using a fundamental and universal element of culture: language.
Language constantly evolves. Varying degrees of similarity between each of our languages is evidence of a rich history of language migration, shared genealogies, and comfortably forgotten histories of adjacency. In addition, connections persist between speech patterns and intonations of different languages. Languitecture will reflect on this morphing principle through collaboration and interpretation of each participant’s work, spatially translating the pieces through different stages and artistic mediums.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of pop-up events:

Exhibition Event #1: 17/09/2016, 16:00 (Curator/ artists talk)

Exhibition Event #2: 26/09/2016, 18:30-20:30 (European day of Languages)

Exhibition Event #4: 28/09/2016, 18:30- 20:30 (A talk with Linguists and artists)

Exhibition Event #3: 30/09/2016, 18:30- 20:30 (Poetry reading)


Press Information

For further exhibition information, press images and interview opportunities contact Rawan Serhan: e-mail: rawan@languitecture.com, phone: +447563359004; or contact the gallery: info@p21.org.uk, Tel. 020 7121 6190


Languitecture is funded by Arts Council England, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture AFAC and P21 Gallery, and is supported by several cultural institutions including the British Library, the Cervantes Institute in London, the Embassy of the Netherlands in London, the Arab British Center, the European Union National Institutes for Culture, and the Goethe Institute. Languitecture is taking part in:
International Translation Day held at the British Library on 30th September 2016
European Day of Languages organised by the Council of Europe on 26th September

About the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) was established in 2007 by local cultural lobbyists as an independent initiative that funds individuals and organisations in the fields of cinema, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts while facilitating cultural exchange, research and cooperation across the Arab world and globally.

About the Arts Council
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences to enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art - reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.


Notes to Editors | Biographies

Roberto Abuin is a philosopher, writer and editor. He is interested in the relationship between thought, art and life, in the pursuit of mutual entanglements, and the development of artistic practices involving knowledge practices. Has lived in México, where he worked in indigenous communities, researching ways of thinking that open parallel determinations beyond logocentric rationalities. He is also founder of Editorial Almadía (Oaxaca, México) and Axóuxere Editora (Galiza, Spain), where he participates as co­editor.

Nadine Hattom is an Iraqi Australian visual artist currently living and working in Berlin, Germany. Her body of work deals with several main themes. The first is an investigation of photography as sculpture, and of the dialogue that can be created between image and object. She also explores creating a vocabulary that addresses the cultural shift from written to visual representation, that an image can be read like a word, and its meaning redefined. Finally, her use of landscape to investigate her identity and examine the power structures that have governed the discourse surrounding that landscape. With her focus often being a Middle Eastern landscape.

Joe Hornby is an acoustician, musician and visual artist living and working in London. He works across a broad creative spectrum, exploring music composition, sound design, spatial audio, photography and graphic arts. Many of his works involve an interactive component, translating the viewer into a participant for a transient experience.

In his work, Marco Pando is telling stories in a poetic language, which follow geographical and historical boundaries. Living between Europe and South America, he adapted to the cultural differences, wherein he can experience himself as a bridge between the European culture and his origins. He regards himself an explorer discovering his own peripheries in Europe. From one place to another he collects information about culture identities, showing their parallels in different contexts.

Lisa Premke Lisa studied architecture and fine arts at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. During her Bachelor studies, she already started to correlate architecture and sound. She furthered that interest through the Masters of Sound degree she undertook at the Glasgow School of Art. Her large architectonic sound installations often link to the site visually as well as audibly. Over the last years she has taken part in a number of residencies, developing site-specific projects that seem eternal but are mainly temporary. For a few years Lisa has been working for film and audio plays as a sound designer as well as organising exhibitions and artist residencies.

Rawan Serhan is an architect, acoustician and artist currently living and working in London. Her passion for sound and space design led her to combine visuals and sounds in her work in order to create a contradictory atmosphere of tension and harmony. She is now experimenting with dance compositions to allow the body to take over and narrate the story.

Eduardo Suarez is a software developer with a background in classical music. He is passionate about other music styles and did incursions in Flamenco and South American music. In the last few years he has been exploring free improvisation, which has become his main discipline.