Soz Joq / Speechless
2017 / 2022
The video features an 8-minute long performative action of stitching and unstitching the phrase Soz Joq (No words left) in Kazakh in three alphabets: Arabic, Latin and Cyrillic. It is a reference to the change of alphabet performed by the Soviet government in 1929 - 1940 in Kazakhstan as part of cultural politics in the region. As soon as the phrase is done, I begin to undo it. In the end, only the plain fabric remains, with the traces of manipulation invisible to the bare eye.
Speechless / Soz Joq, video still, 2017