Journeys between and behind the lines of language
As part of literary festival Free the Word! at London’s Southbank, this project became an exhibition that explored what happened when one language adventured boldly into another. Members of 26 were twinned with PEN members from around the world to translate a text and tell the story of its journey in translation. Falling back on their own resources, 26 members searched for ways to understand stories in Basque, Khasi, Ndebele and Aymara among others, to find meaning and connections across cultures. The exhibition was a digital installation of these stories with readings from and conversations between the participants. It took place at the Royal Academy of Engineering as part of the London Design Festival. A beautiful book followed.