Se Habla Español | PAULA GAETANO ADI
Se Habla Español

Installation (2014)
Variable dimensions
Media: neon sculpture, video projection, custom software, loudspeaker

 

Se Habla Español. Spanish is Spoken.
But, who speaks Spanish? Or, where Spanish is Spoken?

The common sign used in many U.S. stores to designate that someone speaks Spanish, is rather grammatically ambiguous. The sign omits the subject of enunciation  (we speak Spanish? I speak Spanish? A Hispanic speaks Spanish?), and/or the location where Spanish is spoken (Here? There? Where?).
This installation is an attempt to give back agency to this sign by naming one by one all the counties where Spanish is spoken, as well as the most common last names for Hispanics in the U.S.