Afasia, 2017

Afasia, narrated in both English and Spanish, pairs the musings of the photographer Christopher Riley with those of Kerry Tribe. Riley’s ability to communicate was radically altered after a left- hemisphere stroke that severely limited his ability to speak, write, and understand language. Despite these neurocognitive challenges, he passionately communicates an appreciation of his life and the vast world around him. Tribe pairs his voiceover of the moving images with her own description of them in her efforts to practice her Spanish, a language foreign to her. The resultant effect is one of empathic understanding and mutual curiosity while also exposing the limits of language to truly capture one’s intentions. 

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Afasia, 2017
Video projection with sound, 8:32 min
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