A new language means a new shape, a reconstruction, a new understanding of the world. So how are we shaped by language?
Jacques Lacan wrote “the man who is born into existence deals first with language; this is a given. He is even caught in it before his birth.”
In this upcoming solo show from artist Sadik Alfraji, he unravels the question of what makes a language. Is it the words themselves? Or the images of the words? Is it the alphabet or the sounds of the words or even the physical gestures of expression? We cannot say that language is only the words, or the grammar, but instead everything together makes and forms a ‘language’.
A new language means a new shape, a reconstruction, a new understanding of the world. So how are we shaped by language? Sadik writes that “thinking is what shapes my decisions, but my thinking is governed by my imaginings and fantasies, which in turn are shaped by a language that permeates every corner of my being.” We cannot live outside of a language. We cannot live outside of language itself.
The show will feature all new work from the artist, including an animated film, graffiti murals, and large-scale drawings created directly in W139 in the weeks leading up to the exhibition. The exhibition will also be interwoven with a public program that will expand on and provide new points of contact with the exhibition and its conceptual and philosophical underpinnings.