The Naughty Nasals identify the nose as an unlikely site of sonorous resistance to the instrumentalisation of scripts, or alphabets. The Ѫѫ (Wielki Jus) and Ѧѧ (Mały Jus) invoke nasal sounds that have disappeared from most Slavic languages but remain as ą and ę in contemporary Polish. As mobile confessionals, they are a testament to one of the lesser known, aborted attempts to Cyrillicize the Polish language in the 19th century. The organs of language represent a distinct zone of libidinal linguistics: the teeth, or lips, mouth, tongue, neck, or ears. The Naughty Nasals look at these erogenous areas as a space of rupture, or break from the norm.
Commissioned by Arsenal Gallery, Białystok.