The exhibition The Language of Friction is Uttered from Within by artists Karin Keisu & Josse Thuresson examines language policy, queer spaces, and the strength that comes from being on the margins. Narratives that have been forced out to the periphery are made visible and create a multifaceted language that illustrates the tension and friction directed towards the normative society.
In the exhibition several different stories are linked, which together direct the gaze towards superior power structures. At the intersection, the minority languages Meänkieli and Swedish Sign Language are brought to life, as well as queerness. Marginality can be considered through the exhibition as something not to be disregarded in exchange for being centralised – but rather a place to stop and cling to, as it nurtures radical perspectives on an alternative reality.
KARIN KEISU & JOSSE THURESSON
Karin Keisu (b.1995, Tornedalen) and Josse Thuresson (b.1992, Stockholm) have been working as an artistic duo since 2018. They work with film, performance, text, media art and organising exhibitions on issues concerning themes such as minorities, queer culture, Tornedalen, and language policy – with a special focus on Meänkieli and Swedish Sign Language.