Photo by Melissa Blackall | Nyugen E. Smith, Letter Home (Hoping to Reach You Soon) Partial Poem Sculpture, 2015 (installation view)

In the Words, In the Bones

Curated by Magdalena Moskalewicz

About In the Words, In the Bones:

Stories of origin cannot exist without a language to tell them in, without a tongue to carry the words. In the Words, In the Bones is an exhibition about inherited identities as grounded in language and in the body. Three artists with roots in Central Asia (Uzbekistan), Eastern Europe (Hungary) and the Caribbean (Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago) uncover their family histories, examine the contentious heritage of the colonial era and postcommunist ruptures and absences. The stories they inherited are marked with political conflicts and personal loss, but their own gestures are constitutive in nature. Through the use of invented languages, recovered historical records and reconstructed cultural artifacts, the artists create new, empowering narratives of reclamation, revival and growth.


Marina Leybishkis, Nyugen Smith, and Zsuzsanna Szegedi-Varga

Related experiences:

Artists Panel & Opening Reception
Thursday, May 23
Artists Panel | 5:30–7 pm
Opening Reception | 7–9 pm

Conversation with Zsuzsanna Varga-Szegedi
Friday, July 12 | 5:30–6:15 pm

Gallery Talk
Wednesday, July 17 | 3–4 pm

Lukács Public Projection by Zsuzsanna Varga-Szegedi
Thursday, July 18 | 8:30–9:30 pm