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ME, MY ENGLISH AND ALL THE LANGUAGES OF MY LIFE

Julia Kristeva, a French-Bulgar-ian philosopher, writes: “…as the human being is a speaking being, it naturally speaks the language of its kin: the mother tongue, the language of its group, the national language.

Changing languages amounts to losing this naturalness, betraying it, or at least translating it. A foreigner is essentially a translator.

He can succeed in adapting perfectly to the destination language without forgetting the original language, or only partially forgetting it.

However, most of the time he is perceived as a foreigner precisely because his translation betrays a musicality or a mentality that doesn’t quite adjust with the identity of the host population…”

Having lived a nomadic life, traveling, living and working around the world, Anna Raimondo reflects upon her relations to the different languages in her life: Italian, Spanish, French and English.

She is also taking a phonetics class to learn to speak with a British accent. Somewhere between ridicule and seriousness, hesitation and encouragement, Anna’s exploration invites the audience into a “sonic soup” of lingue / idiomas / langues / languages.

 

 

Anna Raimondo

Born in 1981 in Italy. She lives in Brussels and works internationally.

Anna Raimondo completed the MA Sound Arts at the London College of Communication and is running a practice based PHD between Arba and ULB University in Brussels on urban geography and gender perspectives.

Anna Raimondo’s work is a medium for encounters and exchanges. It can be defined as a journey that illustrates social diversity while creating possible areas of interaction.

The method is flexible and variable, accepting the accidental as the unforeseeable. Anna Raimondo does not seek to summarize a global reality, but rather to allow herself to be surprised and led by the Other.

There is also a humorous and playful aspect, both in the actions in public spaces and in her plastic creations. A story, a word, a gesture or an everyday object become evidence of a multiple and evolving identity, both revealed and questioned.

 

 

Courtesy: The artist

Courtesy: The artist

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