Ghost Pieces is a DVD compilation that documents four language-based installations by French-Norwegian writer and artist Caroline Bergvall. It spans more than a decade and includes her much noted first installation in two different sitings Say: “Parsley” (2001/2010) as well as her more recent exhibition Middling English (2010) and the event Ghost Cargo (2011).
Each work explores specific aspects of questions of cultural belonging and language violence through methods that challenge dimensions and perceptions of language use in space, in sound.
The videos have been edited and treated to be viewed as pieces in their own right. The DVD also includes an in-depth interview between the artist and Stephen Foster, Director of the John Hansard Gallery.
Caroline Bergvall is based in the UK and works across media, languages and artforms. Questions of cultural belonging, new literacies, language violence, bilingual realities and historical sourcing are at the heart of her work.
DVD PAL running time: 52: 51