2019, single-channel video, sound, 6.19 mins

Sitting with my mother during a heatwave on a summer’s afternoon, we talk about language, culture and loss.

The Language of Indenture references the sounds of experimental documentary and ethnographic imagery and captioning. Putting the songs of Indians indentured in South Africa in the central position and creating a new archive of how language has shifted, been lost and rewritten.

Sound design: Isha Ram Das


This work was commissioned by Runway Journal for Issue 40: Caption.