Michelle Janssen

De Wauwel Klup

De Wauwel Klup
Michelle Janssen

Through legal measures, language policies, and public funding in education and media, the official language of a nation-state acquires its dominant position. This coincides with a decrease in the use of regional and minority languages and often to a stigma for their speakers.

Inspired by Silvia Federici's feminist notion of Gossip, Michelle Janssen brings people together and hosts conversations around their experiences with minority languages. The project De Wauwel Klup (Gossip Club), revives the practice of consciousness raising as a structure for exchanging experiences, personal ideas, and thought processes. It aims to facilitate a space to address current stereotyping in the Netherlands.