Christian Thompson, Dead Tongue, 2015

Single channel video, 3: 32 min, Edition of 5 + 2. A.P


“Bidjara is officially an endangered language but my work is motivated by the simple yet profound idea that if even one word of an endangered language is spoken it continues to be a living language,” Thompson says.

In Dead tongue Thompson continues to interrogate the implications of England's empirical quest on the former colonies of the British Empire through the threat to or loss of Indigenous languages. In works such as this, Thompson actively challenges the perception that Aboriginal culture has become reduced to a captured trophy of Empire.