Through film, audio and drawing The World Is Gone, I Must Carry You explores ways of carrying and sounding worlds. The title of the exhibition is the last sentence of the poem Vast, Glowing Vault written in 1967 by Paul Celan, a Romanian-German writer and Holocaust survivor. This enigmatic verse invites us to experience a rupture. Confronted with the finitude of the world, of one’s world, the poet has to be in dialogue with others, and promises to be a mediator and translator.
How to transmit a reality which is dislocated and estranged is at the core of the exhibition. In their attempt to give visibility to rare languages – and the communities that speak them – five artists propose critical and alternative soundscapes. Here the voice is more than an instrument of communication; it is a tool of resistance against loss and cultural erasure.
In her iconic and influential videos The Last Silent Film and Lost and Found, Susan Hiller creates a collage of rare languages from excerpts of ethnographic recordings. Amplifying speeches that have been forgotten in the archives of European linguists and anthropologists, her sound-driven works function as a platform for speakers of foreign and glossolalic tongues.