N. Dash

Fondazione Giuliani

Via Gustavo Bianchi 1, Roma

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9 May – 14 July 2017This exhibition is now closed
Tuesday to Saturday 3pm–7:30pm
and by appointment
Opening: Saturday 6 May 2017, 12pm–5pm
Free admission

“The language [Arabic] is wonderful for Wanderwort*…

One morning in class, [he] taught the word for “mud brick”. In ancient hieroglyphs it was djebet, which became tobe in Coptic, and then the Arabs, adding a definite article, made it al-tuba, which was brought to Spain as adobar, and then to the American Southwest, where this heavy thing, having been lugged across four millennia and seven thousand miles, finally landed as “adobe.”

Peter Hessler’s Letter from Cairo in The New Yorker April 17, 2017

Etymology: Borrowed from German “Wanderwort”, from Wander (“wandering) + Wort (“word”)

Noun: A loanword that has spread to many different languages

Image Credits 1–N. Dash, Untitled, 2017. Photo Jean Vong. Courtesy the artist, Casey Kaplan, New York and Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin