Without our language, our knowledge and cultural identity becomes fragmented.
Control over language is intrinsically tied to colonial oppression and has been exercised through schooling. English has been used as a colonial tactic to erase and displace Indigenous languages across Australia, and beyond. How then do we shake off remnants of colonial control, and how do we embrace multiple languages and recover learnings? Is it possible to decolonise the English language?
Lost for words: Displacement through enforced and prioritised language is a session of the North Melbourne School of Displacement
Other sessions include:
Sat 31 Aug
10.30am Over Our Heads: Housing and Homelessness
North Melbourne School of Displacement by artist Keg de Souza has been co-programmed with Wirlomin Noongar collaborator Claire G. Coleman
Supported by – The City of Melbourne through Arts House. Redfern School of Displacement was first presented as part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016)
Image by – Document Photography