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.
Neon sculpture, 50″ x 6″
Loudspeaker with audio narration of a list of the most common surnames for people who self-identified as “Hispanic” in America during the 2000 Census. The data is derived from the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
Video with custom software displaying the Hispanic population distribution share by county according to the U.S. Census Bureau data of 2011.
Installation view (partial).