Words Don’t Go There

Ndayé Kouagou and Tarik Lakhrissi

Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig

Curator: Benedikt Johannes Seerieder



Trampoline is pleased to support the participation of artists Ndayé Kouagou and Tarik Lakhrissi in the exhibition Words Don’t Go There in 2023 at Braunschweig in Germany.


How does language structure community ? And what is left unsaid ? The interdisciplinary exhibition project Words Don’t Go There presents spatial sound and text works as well as videos and performances that focus on poetry and language as a means of (world) inquiry. Each language forms its own order in which some ways of experiencing the world find no place. The artistic contributions reveal this limiting effect of language and reflect on its social, political and poetic consequences. Through sound and acoustics, sculptural practice, performance or silence, they intervene in the existing linguistic and architectural environment of Villa Salve Hopes. They enable marginalized voices to be heard, overwrite unambiguously inhabited spaces, open up new ways of accessing the world by breaking away from everyday understandings of language, uncovering unexpected horizons of possibility, and placing hitherto marginalized experiences and forms of expression at the center. The exhibition also consists of work shops, lectures, and performances that take up and expand upon the themes and concerns of the project in manifold ways.