These Rotten Words

The bodily consequences of language

By Lizzie Lloyd

These Rotten Words, 2017 (installation view). Photo: Jamie Woodley. Courtesy Chapter, Cardiff

Chapter, Cardiff, 18 March – 11 JuneWord-heavy shows can tend towards the dry and worthy. Steering clear of such a possibility, this exhibition – curated by George Vasey and commissioned by Chapter to coincide with Cardiff’s annual arts festival Experimentica – dwells less on words than on their dissolution. Here, language spreads awkwardly, tackily, bodily; it is resistive, its meaning passing temperamentally from the intended to the received. A key critique, which Vasey’s excellent accompanying essay further unpicks, is the…

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