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K is for Kato: A Book Launch and Conversation with Margaret Salmon and Race MoChridhe


K is for Kato is a new book published in collaboration with artist Margaret Salmon, following on from her solo exhibition, Hole, at DCA during the winter of 2018–2019. It takes the form of a visual journey through the Esperanto alphabet, where each letter and connected word is accompanied by a corresponding black and white 10x8 format photograph taken by the artist.

This photographic series builds throughout the publication to form a beautiful and intimate document of the people, animals, plants and objects that Salmon has come into contact with throughout the winter of 2019–2020.

The book also contains a letter to the reader written by the artist, expressing a longstanding fascination with different acts of looking and reading, and hinting at the transformative powers of unique linguistic constructions like the Esperanto language.

K is for Kato is intended for readers of any age, and contains a helpful letter/sound index to aid the understanding and pronunciation of each word.

To celebrate the launch of this new publication, we are hosting an online conversation between the artist and critical librarian and language activist Race MoChridhe. MoChridhe began his study of Esperanto more than ten years ago, and today works as a librarian specialising in the areas of scholarly communication and publishing. He often writes in English about Esperanto's past (and future) contributions to linguistic justice in international communication and is currently editing a collection of essays on the role of Esperanto in understanding Scotland's place in the world.