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Mis/Communication: Language and Power in Contemporary Art

November 13, 2021-February 2022

Reception: Saturday, November 13, 5-7pm (tentative)
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jkhg Mis/Communication features video, sculpture, print, and interactive media artworks by contemporary artists who explore the power of language in a cultural context. 

It is through language that we are able to connect with one another, but how is this connection also affected by the power dynamics in language? Artwork by mostly young and emerging artists examines issues such as the global predominance of English and the societal tendency to censure other languages, dialects and linguistic practices.

The exhibition considers spoken and written language as defined by national or cultural linguistic traditions like Korean, Spanish and Portuguese, but also performative body language, “academic speak”  and Artificial Intelligence’s voice recognition program.

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Curated by Amy Kahng, a Stony Brook PhD student in art history, the exhibition is the 2020 winner of the SUNY Prize for Performance, Creation and Curation. Funds are provided by the State University of New York. The 2021-2022 Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery season is supported by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Friends of the Staller Center.

Image captions:
Han Yohan, Phallo Me (美) (still), 2017, single-channel video, 7 minutes
Dahn Gim, Erin from Names I Had You Call Me series, 2018, leather covered muffler with sound