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Stepping Softly on the Earth: (Un)spoken Territories

Fri, 6 – 8pm; Sat, 10am – 7.15pm

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

A two-day event of conversations, film screenings, listening sessions, workshops, and performance considering connections between land, territory and language, with artists, activists and filmmakers from Mexico, Peru, Syria and Morocco.

An invitation to listen carefully and actively to conversations, soundscapes, storytelling, textile experiences and live performances of Indigenous people, and hear the land from different oral and aural perspectives.

(Un)Spoken Territories relates to experiences where the acknowledgement of a territory is the acknowledgement of a language through orality, the spoken expression of the world of many worlds, of many cosmovisions. Here, the dispute over territory is as well a struggle of language resistance.

The inhabitants of colonised territories — often referred to as Indigenous people, have been subjected to an enforced silence in order to erase their language, their culture and therefore, their rightful connection to the Land. However, words have been spoken in secret, carrying specific wisdom and knowledge that build a collective memory through the body and the voice.

The event is curated by Eva Posas and it is part of the public programme for the group exhibition Stepping Softly on the Earth. See here for a full programme and biographies of contributors.