Eloise Maltby Maland

She is an interdisciplinary arts practitioner and researcher with a socially engaged practice, currently based in London. Her practice explores our relationships with language/s, bodies (human and non-human) and spaces; encompassing writing, performance, storytelling, film, audio and workshops. Through collaborative processes, her practice engages with language, cartography, movement, speculative fiction and decolonial theory with a critical approach to themes of exploration, control, nationalism, migration, space travel and astronomy. Her recent practice and research is concerned with practices of bordering and othering, the spaces they inhabit and the languages they employ. She has been focusing on connections, real and imagined, between the sky, the sea and the border. She is interested in spaces of care and solidarity, exploring storytelling as a fluid mode of exchange; countering and resisting the narratives of control and hostility in the UK. Across projects and scales, she considers our bodily and spatial relationships with language, shaping the migration of our words – themselves maps of their own journeys, travelling through linguistic roots and resurfacing in partially remembered or imagined times and places. She is interested in how language, both porous and plural, exists at the intersection of past, present and future, allowing an insight into our histories and also a framework with which to shape our futures.