LOST IN TRANSLATION
is an exhibition exploring what it is like to live in another country through the works of British and Czech artists with experience of living in the opposite countries. Each work here tells a different story about coping with the change of the environment, but what unites them all is that it’s impossible for an artist not to be influenced by it in their work.
Mostly, it doesn’t matter to people where they are from until they move elsewhere. That’s when you really start to see who you are; to the point of surprising yourself with unexpected yearning for the national identity and culture, which is suddenly becoming comprehensible and visible to you. The language barrier especially is something that even those resumed to visual communication can find staggering. Settling into another culture is an emotional and adventurous process.
The wonderment of things being different – cars on the other side of the road, learning to talk at great length about the weather and the tube announcements in an alien language. You take it all in with all your heightened senses, initially feeling displaced and uprooted, but gradually beginning to grasp your environment and redefining your identify.
You are never going to be the same.