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breaking bread and language / å bryte brød og språk 

14.- 20. march 2022 // sign-up session
makda embaie is working on breaking bread and language / å bryte brød og språk, an ongoing project about the nation-state and its relationship to language. at aerial, between 15.- 20. march, makda will be holding several sessions for people with a connection to tigrinya language and diaspora experience to translate texts together. makda has been developing a methodology of translating poetry, that doesn’t require the participants to be able to read or write in the language they translate from. "the workshop aims to carve out a space where people can practice their specific language constellations without it being aligned, compared or corrected into the idea of language that the nation state has".

sign-up up to the sessions by emailing aerial.bergen@gmail.com
(note: the sessions are open to all ages. participants need to have a connection to the language Tigrinya and speak Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English)

poetic invitation from makda embaie (6 minutes)

sunday 20. march // open conversation 
join us at aerial for a conversation during borealis, resonating nordnes, makda will share more about breaking bread and language, how the sessions were in bergen and about the project's future. the conversation will be in english.

makda embaie is a poet and artist, educated at konstfack, bishop arnö’s författarskola and at the royal institute of art’s post-master course, decolonizing architecture. she will graduate from an ma in fine art from kunsthøyskolen in Oslo this year, 2022. makda’s artistic practice is expressed through the portrayal, activation and practicing of her own specific experiences of the language. it has revealed components in her language that have to do with space, time and the specific body. it is an experience that negates the nation-state’s linear way of describing people and languages. through installations, sound, text, film and photography, makda shifts the focus from the narrative of the nation-state to the specific experience of language. in order to dive into the question of what language would be if it arose here.

support: kulturrådet, bek, bergen kommune. the conversation on sunday 20. march is in collaboration with