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Aliyah Hussain: Always Mysteries of the Tongue

Aliyah Hussain presents a new series of ceramics, drawing, collage and print to explore the complexities of communication and miscommunication.

Borrowing from a wide range of contemporary, historical and futuristic sources, the work explores different ways of depicting and constructing language. Drawing inspiration from various visual sources such as emojis, hieroglyphs, graffiti tags, coding, neon signs and inspirational wall decals, the work is also influenced by active networks of ‘conlangers’ working to invent new methods of communication and sharing them online.

Using three different science fiction texts as a reference from which to remix elements of speculative storytelling, Always Mysteries of the Tongue is presented across two fictional time periods set in a future far from now. The project centres on the use and misuse of pictorial language forms, firstly as a presentation of utopian ideals and secondly in a post-utopian setting where the imagery is taken out of context and rendered into decorative abstract forms, using repetition, speculation and collage.

Aliyah Hussain is a multidisciplinary artist based in Manchester, who is influenced by themes found within feminist science fiction. Aliyah works across performance, sound, ceramic sculpture, drawing and collage.

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