Paul Eastwood: Dyfodiaith – Singing to an unknown future
PREVIEW: Friday 8 February, 6 - 9pm
EXHIBITION: 9 February - 10 March
PERFORMANCE: Friday 1 March, 6pm
Imagine a strange isolated island, where the Brythonic Celtic language (Welsh, Cornish and Breton) has remained alive - evolving throughout the centuries into something strange and unfamiliar.
Dyfodiaith is an audio-visual work that interrogates the cultural context of the Welsh language in relation to minority languages spoken worldwide, bilingualism and common tongues. How will we speak to an unknown future? What will it look like?
Working in collaboration with linguist Llŷr Titus and composer Samuel Barnes to score a haunting musical arrangement, the sung narrative serves as the main protagonist of the piece and is inspired by the Welsh language novel ‘Ebargofiant’ by Jerry Hunter and ‘Wythnos Yng Nghymru Fydd’ by Islwyn Ffowc Elis.
Dyfodiath explores how language has the potential to manipulate our thoughts and actions by the lexis that we employ and how we might attempt to communicate to a future that hasn’t yet happened.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication featuring texts by Emily Butler and Miriam Elin Jones.
About the artist
Paul Eastwood is a Wrexham-based artist with a practice that explores art as a form of social production and cultural storytelling. Working widely across text, sculpture, performance, video, drawing, printmaking and textiles, Paul creates narrated histories and futures to investigate how place and objects can communicate cultural identities.
Eastwood studied at the Royal Academy and Wimbledon School of art and was the winner of the inaugural NOVA Art Prize, Wales in 2018. Recent exhibitions include: ‘NOVA’, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Arcade, Cardiff (2018); ‘Segrgrair’, Oriel Wrecsam, Litmus Residency and Exhibition, Oriel Davies, Newtown; Unit(e) Programme Summer school, g39, Cardiff (all 2017); ‘Editions commission (Paul Eastwood and Lucy Woodhouse)’, Focal Point Gallery; ‘Feast of Fools’, TAP, Southend (both 2016) and ‘Severed, returning your love’, Focal Point Gallery (2015)