Alejandra Pizarnik, Nocturnal Singer 
 

Cantora nocturna / Nocturnal Singer, in a bilingual Spanish-Slovenian edition presenting the work of the cult Argentinian poet Alejandra Pizarnik (1936–1972), has answered the question as to why poetry today: “We need a space in which the impossible becomes possible.” Her entire poetic oeuvre can be read as the evocation of this transformation in the battle against opaqueness and in the desire to create “a writing thick with insufferableness, to choking, yet only made of subtle ties, that would allow the innocent coexistence of subject and object at the same level, as well as the abolition of the usual boundaries that separate me, you, he, we, you, they.”

The book was published as one of the projects of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion. The idea for it was born when Venezuelan artist Yucef Merhi, one of the pioneers of digital art in Latin America and a great enthusiast of Alejandra Pizarnik, was on the MGLC residency in Ljubljana and he met the translators of her poetry into the Slovenian language.

The editor of the book is Miklavž Komelj. In the translation of Nada Kavčič and Miklavž Komelj, Nocturnal Singer offers a representative selection of the poet’s work from all her poetry collections and from the poems that had not yet been collected into books, her essential prose Bloody Countess and notes in which she spoke about her work. What makes the edition particularly special are the unpublished letters to American writer and poet Djuna Barnes, which are published in this edition for the first time. These are followed by the essays of Miklavž Komelj, Nada Kavčič and Yucef Merhi, who also contributed seven digital art prints. In addition, the visual reproductions of the manuscripts and drawings by Alejandra Pizarnik and the drawings of Silvina Ocampo are also included.

The book has 500 pages, with 150 pages of accompanying text that opens up new views of the poet. This, and all the unpublished material, could make it interesting not only for the Slovenian but also for the Spanish-speaking audience.

The book was designed by Ivian Kan Mujezinović.


Photo: Nejc Ketiš. MGLC Archive.


Yuceef Merhi: Works and Nights (1–7), prints, produced with software, 2012.

 

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Exhibitions are visited ON FOOT!: Saturday, 21 September, 11.00–14.00 (in European Mobility Week)

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Starting at 11.00 at MGLC; the second meeting point for visitors to join the guided tour is at 12.30, at the National Gallery of Slovenia.

The marathon guided tours are accompanied by impro intervals in collaboration with Impro liga.

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6. 7. 2019,10:00–14:30

We invite you to take part in a one-day workshop:

Business School for Artists: A Creative Approach to Business Planning

The workshop programme encompasses addressing business as a creative practice, being a step ahead of others, taking into account resources, time and costs, analysis of profitability, business plan as a narrative aid, as well as conclusion and questions. The workshop is led by Amy Whitaker, Assistant Professor at New York University. She completed her postgraduate studies in Management at Yale School of Management and postgraduate studies in Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art. She is the author of the books Museum Legs (2009) and Art of Thinking (2016).

Students and graduates of art schools and academies have priority in applying.
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Summer in Tivoli

In July, every Tuesday and Thursday, at MGLC and Švicarija

Tuesday concerts at 20.00, MGLC courtyard:

2 July: Duo Ponte, world music that winds among the traditions of diverse cultures
9 July: Klarisa Jovanović (feat. Igor Bezget), ethno music from the Mediterranean worlds
16 July: Tony Rose, travel blues and folk music from Scotland
23 July: Grain Hunt, a contemporary singing-songwriting treat from Ireland

A public guided tour of the Biennial will be held before the concert, starting at 18.30 at MGLC, in Slovene and English.

Thursday concerts at 21.00, Švicarija Great Hall:

4 July: Your Gay Thoughts, electronic music and audio-visual treats
11 July: Dubzilla, experimental dub fusion
18 July: BeatMyth, hybrid electro-punk and breakbeat
25 July: Bowrain, a cineastic fusion of electronic and acoustic music

Free admission to all events.

MGLC and Švicarija are open till 20.00 on Tuesdays.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. Arhive: MGLC.