Dr Laura Malacart is a research-based visual artist working in a range of media including text, performance to video and participatory installation. Often using an interface that intersects pedagogy and performance she explores questions of identity, particularly how ideology shapes social identity and the production of the other. She focuses on languages and the voice and conceives them politically within a historically conscious framework. Speak Robert (2017, The Artists Pavillion at the Venice Biennale) engages its participants with the history of tea, a blockbuster film and a short curriculum of Chinese, while The Little Book of Answers (2015-Present) engages its audience with the correct answers of the UK citizenship test.
During her fellowship at the IAS Dr Malacart will be researching the establishing of English as a lingua franca from the perspective of its historical colonial underpinning and utilise the research to make new work. She will also work on the book of The Little Book of Answers with PS London bringing together academic contributions with the illustrated evolution of the participatory work.