The Adequate Language must be both culturally specific and engage universally.
If a language must be performed, how can authenticity be retained through the mediating ‘other’ or a secondary medium? Rhea Storr considers the way in which we assimilate information with the body as mediator. She often uses abstraction to examine and confront the culturally ambiguous standpoint she occupies and her British-Bahamian heritage, questioning a language of colour that performs across cultures.
Currently studying at the Royal College of Art, recent exhibitions include: ‘Saatchi New Sensations’ and ‘The Tomorrow People’at Elevator Gallery.
Carnival Talk: An Adequate Language
Carnival Talk: An Adequate Language investigates the coding of colour in a way which suggests an internal logic and the layering on of a costume akin to the layering of language. Carefully orchestrated abstraction is employed in the service of cultural identity through carnival, often denying embodiment of the costume, obscuring or revealing an author. At the start of the film James Baldwin is quoted, who speaks in this instance of the complexities of being an African American in France whilst the costume shown employs a technique of cutting crepe paper specific to Junkanoo, a carnival of the Bahamas.