Broken English [Punctuation] 2020 Used Western classics (Moby Dick, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Canterbury Tales, The Last of The Mohicans, Heart of Darkness), Used dictionaries and lesson plans (College English, English-Punjabi, English-Swahili lesson plans)
Broken English [Punctuation] 02 2020 Used Western classics (Moby Dick, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Canterbury Tales, The Last of The Mohicans, Heart of Darkness), Used dictionaries and lesson plans (College English, English-Punjabi, English-Swahili lesson plans)
Broken English [Punctuation] 03 2020 Used Western classics (Moby Dick, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Canterbury Tales, The Last of The Mohicans, Heart of Darkness), Used dictionaries and lesson plans (College English, English-Punjabi, English-Swahili lesson plans)
Statement

"Broken English" is an artist's book about European colonization and its effect on modern society, especially regarding language. These “punctuation marks” are parts of larger chapters that blend English dictionaries with languages from Britain's former colonies. In this case, India and East Africa. Punjabi, Swahili and English intermingle in composed cacophony. Having imposed itself on every page, the English language dominates the installation. The punctuation marks also contain pages from novels in the Western literary canon that are hailed as must-read classics. These include "Moby Dick", "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", "Canterbury Tales", "The Last of The Mohicans", and "Heart of Darkness". All share the theme of a European or American male traveling through unfamiliar land. When the men encounter natives and people of color, the descriptions are rarely (if ever) flattering. Brown characters are often depicted as unintelligent, violent and speak with broken English.  

Riddled with negative depictions, these tales reinforce Western notions of social hierarchies based on race, class and gender. To counter that, I recklessly dismembered pages from the books and literally disrupted the English narrative. By mixing the dictionaries and stories together, "Broken English" directly connects invasion, imposition, and implication.