I am many and there are more marching

I am many and there are more marching addresses the connection between language and identity and how throughout history these two concepts have been shaped and twined to designate universalist abstract constructions. While the abstract, non-materialistic definition of language obliterates its patriarchal fabric, gender and raciolinguistic hegemonic ideologies thrive and reproduce, conditioning people’s lives and bodies. Despite frequently appearing as an open and porous concept, identity reiterates and performs the means of control, exclusion, and oppression that the device of language enables. The poem argues for a shift in the way both language and identity are perceived, acknowledging their political role in manufacturing our social realities. I am many and there are more marching is currently part of the group show Mind the Gap at mottobooks, Berlin.