Ka kualmaku, 2019

process, performance, papers sheets, typeface, sound loops, video

Ka kualmaku is a project based on the gesture of learning a language classified as «endangered» or «moribund» by in- ternational institutions, as a reaction to globalisation and un- differentiation praised by our contemporary society.

During a 3 months-long stay in Colombia a collaboration with the Misak community bringed me to learn the basic of Namtrik, a language used by 20.000 persons in the south of the country. From the organisation of free public-classes to the manufacturing of a unique typeface, the process took many unexpected directions and ended in a performance where I was myself teaching the language to visitors of an ex- hibition, and the publication of a French-Namtrik grammar book.