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New audio work by CCA Research Associate Chinasa Vivian Ezugha

Vivian Tongues

CCA Derry~Londonderry is pleased to present a new audio work by CCA Research Associate Chinasa Vivian Ezugha. Tongues was made by the artist in lockdown throughout 2021 at home with her sisters Uchechuwku and Chidinma Ezugha.

This first practice-as-research project by CCA Research Associate Chinasa Vivian Ezugha seeks to examine the question: ‘What kind of documentation can be derived from glossolalic speech and its presentation?’ It does so through the development and creation of an audio performance, realised in collaboration with the artists' sisters recorded in everyday mundane spaces such as the kitchen or bedroom. This project examines the practice of glossolalia within family relationships and the everyday, and the way in which spoken glossolalia can be used to further discussions around our relationship to the voice as a form of connection to our bodies and others.

The piece approaches glossolalia as a summoning speech that began with audio recordings made during prayer sessions while in Covid-19 lockdown and with her family. The piece plays with rhythm and repetition to present a poetic rendering of glossolalic utterances.

To listen to this new audio work and read more about the project, click here for the dedicated webpage.

Chinasa is a member of the 2021 CCA Research Associates cohort. To read more about our Research Associates and their individual practices, click here.