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Accent Elimination An Installation by Nina Katchadourian

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
12:00 AM
Institute for the Humanities Gallery, 202 S. Thayer, Ann Arbor

Note: The gallery is open M-F 9am-5pm

Nina Katchadourian’s work exists in a variety of media including sculpture sound, video, and photography.  Her video piece Accent Elimination, which was included in the 2015 Venice Biennale as part of the Armenian exhibition, was inspired by her parents and their accents and life stories, which suggest that the question as to where a person comes from is not so simple to answer, and the answers speak to a larger family story about displacement migration, intermarriage, and diaspora.  With the help of an “accent  elimination” coach, Katchadourian sets out to learn to speak in her parents’ accents, and for them to acquire a “standard American accent.”  As the video reflects, it proves to be a moving, confusing, frustrating and often hilarious experience.