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FRANK TILI. FOREIGN AFFAIRS

A. Ernst, Frank Tili
Y. Meldibekov, Mutation

Turkmen TV

A. Seitaliev, Our Friend Va Ngog

LINGUA FRANCA. EXPERIENCES OF UNIVERSAL

Atomic Language
N. Andrianova, Sport Geometrisms
Lingua franca – Frank tili: Universal Strategies of Central Asian Avant-garde
G. Madanov and Z. Terekbay, Transgression
A. Rumyantseva and A. Rumyantsev, RGB

Mixed Language
S. Atabekov
Korpeshe-Flags, Bosphorus Prayer, Farewell of Slavianka, Red Cross

Language of Representations
ABC Representations

Primitive Language
A. Nikolaev, World of Kind People

Language of Metaphors
A. Nikolaev, Fish

L'innommable
M. Raiymkulov, L'innommable

 

Adis Seitaliev
Our Friend Va Ngog
2009
Video. 20’40’’

A video essay about a Vietnamese artist – a participant of an artist-in-residence in the USA, - who does not speak English. The main motive of the film is the protagonist’s silence and his non-verbal attempts to establish communication with other residents. The silence of Va Ngog is perceived as dumbness, as a physical disability, and the attempts to overcome it cause deep emotions, condescension or sadness. However this perception is generated by the situation itself, when art is made to function as an international environment, which doesn’t seem to be comfortable and welcoming for everyone. Art cannot cope with its role of a universal language, since the universals of art, be it medial or expositional are not sufficient. Here we can recall the famous ‘motto’ of the Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović: “An artist who cannot speak English is no artist.”

   
54th Venice Biennale   © 2010-2012 Central Asia Pavilion