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NEW CURRENTS

Rectification and Healing

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Okui Lala

PENANG / KUALA LUMPUR

OKUI LALA, My Language Proficiency, 2017, still from single-channel video with color and sound: 16 min. Courtesy the artist.

To be multilingual is to have multiple personas—or so it seems in Okui Lala’s My Language Proficiency (2017), a 16-minute video in which the artist simultaneously appears across four sections of the frame, ostensibly conducting a roundtable discussion with herself. Each figure uses a different language—either Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin, English, or Hokkien—to reflect on Lala’s family history and language experience at school…

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