VIDEO: "Word.Sound.Power" at Tate Modern Project Space

An invisible speaker reciting poetic verse; the songs and anthems of Indian activism; the melding of fiction and found footage into documentary work.

The relationship between language and power is explored in an intriguing mixture of artistic forms in a new collaboration between the Tate and India’s Khoj International Artists’ Association, currently on display at Tate Modern’s intimate project space, just adjacent to the main gallery on the banks of the Thames.


The show, “Word.Sound.Power” is unprecedented in its scope and in the juxtaposition of eight specially commissioned artists, including work by Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, who follows the lives of four young men living in local communities around Tate Modern and Khoj, highlighting their attempts to find expression and empowerment.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s “Conflicted Phonemes 2012,” meanwhile, examines a practice used by European immigration departments in which a person’s accent is analysed to validate their eligibility for asylum.

BLOUIN ARTINFO UK took a video tour with the show’s curators Loren Hansi Momodu and Andi-Asmita Rangari to get a glimpse of some of the work on display.

Project Space: Word. Sound. Power, July 12 – November 3, 2013