Speaking Volumes ∿ Speaking In Tongues is an installation with a backstage/vanity table made of plexiglass along with texts and objects such as zines, facsimiles, book holders, gloves with nails, earrings, and textiles… A first tryout cooked with love by Loraine Furter, Lara Dautun and Juliana Vargas Zapata, presented in Sint Lucas Antwerpen during the SLARG research week 2022.
This installation is part of the project “The politics of publishing: researching encounters between artists’ books and intersectional feminist tools” which addresses artists’ books and the politics of publishing, creating forms to uncover forgotten histories in this field, through a critical design approach that includes feminist tools.
The project materializes in a series of hybrid publications (paper, digital, spatial, oral) that re·activate objects and histories and re·circulate them. From (micro-)typography to editorial structures, from gossip to public speeches, from ghostwriting to collective pamphlets.
Speaking Volumes is an artists’ books exhibition that took place at the A.I.R. Gallery in New York in 1980,organized by Lucy Lippard. The exhibition presented 150 books by more than 100 artists, and is one of the first exhibitions on artists books.
It is today under-documented and under-studied, in a very white, male, cis, hetero-dominated field and historiography of artists’ books.
Speaking in Tongues is a fabulous essay by Gloria Anzaldúa published in the fabulous book Words in Our Pockets: The Feminist Writers Guild Handbook on How to Get Published & Get Paid, by amazing Celeste West (ed.), in 1986.
The text was then published in the ground-breaking “This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color”, edited by Gloria Anzaldúa herself and amazing Cherríe Moraga (Persephone Press, 1981).