Artist Response | Gabriel Sousa: Let Me Explain To You What This Means
January 17 – May 20, 2019 SMFA Well Space, Boston
Drawing upon the experiences of artist Gabriel Sosa's work as a court interpreter, this drawing- and text-based installation addresses the pitfalls inherent in translation, as well as the role of those obstacles in the American justice system. In courts of law, interpreters are responsible for assuming the voices of those who cannot be understood, which implies that translated text or speech is innately more intelligible or accessible than the original. Inspired by After Babel by George Steiner, a seminal text on translation theory, Sosa's installation critically interrogates the challenges present not only in translation but in communication itself.