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Artist Response | Gabriel Sousa: Let Me Explain To You What This Means

January 17 – May 20, 2019
Media Wall

Drawing upon the experiences of artist Gabriel Sosa's work as a court interpreter, this drawing- and text-based installation addresses the pitfalls inherent in translation, as well as the role of those obstacles in the American justice system. In courts of law, interpreters are responsible for assuming the voices of those who cannot be understood, which implies that translated text or speech is innately more intelligible or accessible than the original. Inspired by After Babel by George Steiner, a seminal text on translation theory, Sosa's installation critically interrogates the challenges present not only in translation but in communication itself.

This installation is in conversation with Zoe Leonard's I want a president (1992) which is in the form of a takeaway at Medford on view for the 2018/2019 academic year.