May 13, 2017 - September 4, 2017
Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Raafia Jessa, Jihee Min, Yvonne Singer, Shellie Zhang, Alize Zorlutuna
Curated by Anik Glaude
Language is a universal and abstract system of sounds and symbols. Yet, the social, political and cultural contexts in which a language is spoken greatly affects its development and usages. In ever increasingly globalized societies, our sociolinguistic identity is not often singular. The language we speak at home, or learned as a child – our mother tongue – may not be the same one used in our everyday lives. Mother Tongue invites us to consider the complex relationships that exist between language and identity; how it defines who we are and how it can inform visual artistic practice.
1-3. Installation view, Mother Tongue, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2017. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid
4-5. Opening reception and performance, Mother Tongue, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2017. Photo: Tony Chao