Verses of extinction: one Buryatian artist’s attempt to keep her native language alive

But while Papaeva’s heritage has carried and inspired her, it has also made her a target for intolerance and hate. A constant stranger in a strange land, the artist has experienced racial discrimination in the Netherlands, in St Petersburg, and even in her native Buryatia. In one performance, commissioned by By TENT Rotterdam, she repeats the word ponayekhali: a made-up word often used by Slavic Russians both to describe immigrant workers and ethnic minorities, and to comment on their looks or behaviour. While gramátically incorrect, the word is so widely-used as to become commonplace. The performance sees Papaeva take on different intonations and speech as she says the word again and again, a demonstration of the repeated discrimination she has faced for her Buryat appearance.
— Прочесть на www.calvertjournal.com/features/show/12581/buryatian-language-artist-russia-z

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