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Artists Index: Anna Barham

With a practice that incorporates writing, video, drawing, sculpture and performance, Anna Barham’s (b. 1974) work interrogates language’s endless and unruly potential through the bodily and technological operations that act upon it. Earlier projects have particularly concentrated on the structural dimensions of anagrams, with drawings and animations performing texts written from the multitudinous possible permutations of a collection of letters. Some of Barham’s recent work has drawn on elements from Plato’s Cratylus; a Socratic dialogue that investigates the ‘correctness of names’ asking if writing is really the imitation of reality in letters and syllables.