Almost 80 years ago the words ‘linguistic poverty’ were printed and distributed in the second edition of the Australian Aboriginal Native Words and Their Meanings national handbook, to describe our languages. Linguistic Prosperity exists to prove this statement wrong – that our languages have always been abundantly rich and that our prosperity is multifaceted. The exhibition aims to reclaim the agency and authority over the listing of our words, reasserting dominance in a space which was always ours. – Jenna Lee

Installation view, Firstdraft, Sydney. Photo: Jessica Maurer

installation view, Firstdraft, Sydney. Photo: Jessica Maurer
installation view, Firstdraft, Sydney. Photo: Jessica Maurer
installation view, Firstdraft, Sydney. Photo: Jessica Maurer
installation view, Firstdraft, Sydney. Photo: Jessica Maurer
installation view, Firstdraft, Sydney. Photo: Jessica Maurer
installation view, Firstdraft, Sydney. Photo: Jessica Maurer
Artworks 
Chair, 2020
vintage wooden chair, synthetic polymer paint,
pages of Aboriginal Words and Place Names, florist wire, florist tape
84 × 51 × 48 cm 
Paper daisies, 2020
single-channel digital video, colour infinite loop 
Table, 2020 vintage
wooden table, synthetic polymer paint,
pages of Aboriginal Words and Place Names, florist wire, florist tape
84 x 51 x 48 cm
Serving silverware Set #1, 2020
vintage serving silverware, red thread, synthetic polymer paint, calligraphy ink,
pages of Aboriginal Words and Place Names, florist wire
dimensions variable 
Serving silverware Set #2 2020
vintage serving silverware, red thread, synthetic polymer paint, calligraphy ink,
pages of Aboriginal Words and Place Names, florist wire
dimensions variable 
Serving plate, 2020
vintage serving plate, pages of Aboriginal Words and Place Names,
black book binding thread, florist wire s
erving plate: 38 × 38 cm
grass tree: 21 × 19 × 63 cm

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