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Language Is a River, Part 1

Akil Ahamat
Ellen van Neerven

Kate Barber

In the first episode we hear from NSW-based artist Akil Ahamat together with Meanjin/Brisbane based writer, editor and educator Ellen van Neerven, whose four poems open the Language is a River publication.

NSW-based artist Akil Ahamat introduces their two single-channel video installations in the exhibition, Muscular Dreams 2016 and So the spaces between us can stay soft 2018, and discusses the use of storytelling and very specific vocality within their work, the 1990s film Space Jam and how sneakers have been a major part of their life.

The episode concludes with Ellen van Neerven reading their poem, The only blak queer in the world, from the collection Throat, published by University of Queensland Press in 2020.

Further Information:
Fanon, Frantz - The Wretched of the Earth, [First published 1961]
Valencia, Sayak - Gore Capitalism, Semiotext(e), South Pasadena, CA, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA [2018]
van Neerven, Ellen - Throat, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Qld [2020]
Space Jam, Warner Bros. Pictures, Burbank, CA, Dir: Joe Pytka, [1996]