The exhibition presents the performance film titled The Narrow Path, the second in a series of three performance projects by artist Chinasa Ezugha in which the act of glossolalia—speaking in tongues—can be seen as a ceremonial performance. Transcending ordinary verbal communication, it keys in on an event that focuses on ritualistic and symbolic aspects rather than the conveyance of conventional meaning.

In this exhibition, the artist explores the question: “To what extent does our understanding of glossolalia change according to the context of public aesthetics?”

Chinasa Ezugha is Assistant Arts Professor of Live Art/Art as Social Practice in the Arts and Humanities division at NYU Abu Dhabi.