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Exhibition view, Surface Gallery Nottingham, 2015
Exhibition view, Surface Gallery Nottingham, 2015

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drawinginstallation: Other Languages Do Also Exist, August 2015

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This work consists of several A 4 sheets, each representing a proverb in Swahili.

Placed on a large table are certified copies in various storage compartments.

There is also a Swahili dictionary that offers a translation option.

Swahili is a language in which, for example, when conjugating the verbs, the indication of the person and the time is placed before the basic form of the verb. If you say "you understand" then you say "unaelewa". understand = elewa and "u" for you and "na" for (the time indication present tense).

Without understanding the structure of the grammar, a translation with the lexicon is almost impossible, because then one can not recognize under which letter one can look it up.