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Artist Talk | Pia Lanzinger

Published on Wednesday, 28 November 2018 at 1:26:01 PM

A postcard from Pia Lanzinger's project 'Geraldton Goes Wajarri'. Image courtesy of the artist.

Join German artist Pia Lanzinger for an artist talk on Saturday morning from 10:30am following the opening of 'Spaced 2: future recall' at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery.

Throughout 2013–14 Perth based arts organisation Spaced held an ambitious program which has brought together fourteen international and national artists with twelve regional communities throughout Western Australia, to create new artworks in partnership with local organisations and residents.

Berlin based artist, Pia Lanzinger, chose Geraldton and came for the first time in 2013. During her stay, she focused her research on Wajarri, which despite being the most commonly spoken Aboriginal language in the Midwest of Western Australia, has less than 50 fluent speakers remaining.

The project 'Geraldton goes Wajarri' was designed to provide a forum for the conservation of this language by smuggling Wajarri into the public spaces of the City of Greater Geraldton in a way that is both playful and enjoyable. Instead of obligating people to engage with Wajarri, this project made people aware of how beautiful the language is and how it breathes life into the fascinating culture that was created of this land.

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