My Forked Tongue: A Drawing Installation by Anila Quayyum Agha 

Basile Gallery, Herron School of Art & Design

When Herron assistant professor Anila Quayyum Agha grew up in Pakistan, she spoke a hybrid of Urdu/Hindi and English. At the same time, her ability to speak the King's English distinguished her as a member of Pakistan's elite. Agha's installation, which reflects her linguistic heritage, is anchored by six lines attached to the two gallery walls perpendicular to each other, near ceiling-level. These rows create an expanding set of right triangles with the corner of the gallery space. Hanging down from these rows are threads on which waxed paper letters - in the shapes from the English, Urdu, and Hindi alphabets - are attached. The two rows containing English letters are closest to the entrance and they block access to a close-up viewing of Urdu and Hindi letters. Although you might feel that there's something a little static in this exploration of linguistic and cultural crosscurrents, it's hard not to be impressed by this installation's seductive beauty and relevance to the current global culture. Through Dec. 23; 317-278-9423,

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