For, in Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit

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Eds.: Shilpa Gupta and Salil Tripathi

9789395073745 | HB | pp. 304 | 2022 | Context

Conceived in dialogue with artist Shilpa Gupta’s eponymous multimedia installation, For, in Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit brings together many of the poets featured in the installation—every one of them persecuted for their words. The result is an anthology that speaks truth to power and is a testament to the community of words.

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Conceived in dialogue with artist Shilpa Gupta’s eponymous multimedia installation, For, in Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit brings together many of the poets featured in the installation—every one of them persecuted for their words. It is an immersive experience, featuring illustrations and images alongside the written pieces. It is also the culmination of an effort of collaboration and support, often under extremely difficult conditions, forming a network that spans countries. The result is an anthology that speaks truth to power and is a testament to the community of words.

Shilpa Gupta’s multi-channel immersive sound installation For, In Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit is the outcome of a years-long research project into persecuted poets across time and geographies.The physical installation spans over 3,000 square feet and includes 100 microphones suspended from the ceiling. They play an audio loop of snippets of poems whose authors have been subjected to imprisonment, detainment, and execution. The poems are dated from the eighth century to contemporary times and are read in languages including English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Azeri, and Hindi, allowing visitors to experience over a thousand years of global poetry in an hour. With this work, Gupta gives the microphone back to those who were rendered voiceless. As the artist put it herself, “Often, as it is happening right now, the voices of the truth cause discomfort and are cut off, yet the echo remains and continues to be heard.”

As in the book, the installation was accompanied by other pieces such as drawings with empty spaces representing the victims of forced disappearances and objects (represented by photographs in the book) reflecting on the lives of the poets. Besides the verses by the 100 incarcerated poets that were originally part of the installation, the book also contains reflections on our times when “truth is tying its shoelaces, even as lies have already spread far and wide…” by the likes of Salil Tripathi, a New York-based writer, who is also a member of PEN International’s board. Other such pieces by Jennifer Clement (The Act of Writing a Poem is in Itself an Act of Revolution), Gautam Bhatia (You Can’t Always Say What You Want: Free Speech and the Law), Karthika Nair (Handbook for Aspiring Autocrats) and Umar Khalid’s Prison Diaries are themselves quite telling, speaking of how the State feels threatened when a poet or writer does not conform to societal norms.

Editors:

Shilpa Gupta and Salil Tripathi

ISBN:

9789395073745

Binding:

Hardcover

Pages:

304

Year of Publication:

2022

Publisher:

Context

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

United States of America

About the Author

Born in 1976, Mumbai-based Shilpa Gupta has created complex research-based works that are interactive and participatory using new media, robotic works, lights, photographs and motorised mechanisms. She incorporates text, drawings, objects, sound and video.

Salil Tripathi is a writer and former journalist based in New York. He is a member of PEN International’s board.

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