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Past Exhibition ” Bestiary as Autobiography ”


In Gallery Vriend van Bavink  Sept 21 – Nov. 3

http://www.vriendvanbavink.nl/portfolio/arturo-desimone-bestiary-as-autobiography/

Arturo Desimone : Bestiary as autobiography

 Opening : Friday September 21 – 17:00
September 21 – October 27

Arturo Desimone
Bestiary as autobiography  

 "Oni Saturn Mario", mixed media on paper, 21x 30 cm 
“Oni Saturn Mario”, mixed media on paper, 21×30 cm
Opening : Friday September 21 – 17:00
September 21 – October 27
Gallery Vriend van Bavink
Geldersekade 58, Amsterdam

The lyrical autobiographical drawings and poems by Arturo Desimone show a layered world view. The work has a visual language that is derived from the different cultures that Desimone encountered in his nomadic life, with his upbringing in the Caribbean in a family of Argentinean and Polish origins. In his first solo exhibition at Gallery Vriend van Bavink Arturo Desimone shows a collection of autobiographical bestiaries.

Bestiaries are medieval authoritative manuscripts that once were considered as trusted art and science documents. They detail those beasts and monstrosities that were believed to inhabit wildernesses near and far. The first conquerors of the Americas employed map-makers, who also detailed the different kinds of monsters, giants and giantesses that inhabited the New World, such as the island Aruba. And Aruba is the place where the artist of this auto-bestiary was born and lived his first 20 years, a diasporic coordinate between the Caribbean and Latin America.

“The day I began to live and behave in a more nomadic way, I kept notebooks that departed from my more usual forms of creative activity. These notebooks filled with bestiaries, drawings that combined human and animal figures, with symbols from the religions I have encountered, and notes from songs: an interplay of my experiences, suffering, pleasures, memories, poems, stories and forces surrounding me as I went about travelling like a wayfarer, a Homo Viator. Restless travelling  does not change how the artist’s primary concern lies with inner experience… Geography looks absurd in relation to art.”
During the years, an autobiographical bestiary came into being and grew, fed by wandering. Desimone carried this to the mountains of the Cevenne to the Netherlands, to a forgotten Poland and to Tunisia in revolution, from the Atlas to the Andes. With his drawings Desimone seeks to reveal the mad and silly ways in which we all succumb to the pursuit of power or unnecessary obedience and the forgiving nature of the sensual worlds. He wants the spectator to accept, see and embrace the comedy in death (a great gift) and the baseness in all politics.
‘My jargon rings truer than most jargons, unlike the academics, my Harry Houdini-act of jargon unchains for I am a delinquent poet.”

 

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another poem about Buenos Aires


in ”Hinchas de Poesía””  recent issue

Linko http://www.hinchasdepoesia.com/wp/buenos-aires-querido-pero-no-el-mio/

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book ” Poems of the Mare Nostrum / Costa Nostra ” slated april 2019, (Hesterglock publishing)


A collection of my recent poems “Poems of the Mare Nostrum / Costa Nostra ” stands slated for publication in England/UK next year in the Spring/ Prima-Vera, pre-announced here by Prote(s)xt, (the political poetry series of the publisher Hesterglock, Paul Hawkins the editor.) This kind of press has existed since the 1990s in Latin America where we call it ”cartonera”, about time the concept spread to Anglosphere.

LINKO      http://www.hesterglock.net/p-008-arturo-desimone.html

 

Related   https://www.poembrut.com/richmix4/

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“La escritura empieza como estrategia” entrevista en Revista Marcapiel


Fui entrevistado por Samir Delgado, poeta y editor de Tenerife, para la revista literaria Marcapiel hablando de temas insulares.

https://marcapiel.com/2018/07/la-escritura-empieza-como-estrategia-entrevista-a-arturo-desimone-poeta-de-la-isla-de-aruba/

 

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Poems in Arabic translation in Al-Araby Al-Jadid newspaper


Link https://www.alaraby.co.uk/texts/2018/5/26/%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A8-%D8%B5%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AD%D9%8A-%D9%85%D9%86-%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%B7%D8%A7%D8%AC-1

 

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TRIPWIRE 14 : THE RED ISSUE


via TRIPWIRE 14 : THE RED ISSUE

 

”Those Without Tombs in the Memory Park” my article about Franca Jarach and Argentina was reprinted in the 14th issue of the Calfiornian publication Tripwire: Journal of poetics, with the theme ”RED”. The issue also has Greek poets reacting to the crisis. My thanks to the editor David Buuk for soliciting labour. Link to ”preview” https://tripwirejournal.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/tw14-desimone.pdfhttps://tripwirejournal.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/tw14-desimone.pdfhttps://tripwirejournal.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/tw14-desimone.pdf

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July 9, 2018 · 1:20 pm

Visual Verse ekphrastic poetry anthology online (vol. V chapter IX)


https://visualverse.org/submissions/untitled-4/

Visual Verse’s guest-editor Richard Georges (from a blog-post from June 3)  ‘Today is Territory Day in the BVI (formerly Colony Day). Yesterday, Preti Taneja and Visual Verse published their latest issue of their ekphrastic poetry journal which I’ve curated to focus on poets from still colonized spaces. Enjoy poems from myself, Chris Astwood, and Erika Jeffers from British Overseas Territories (BVI, Bermuda, and Montserrat), Ana Portnoy Brimmer (Puerto Rico – unincorporated territory of the U.S.), and Arturo Desimone (Aruba – Territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands). We all received an image and wrote a poem inspired by it in the space of an hour. Read our poems here and check out the intriguing past issues of this project.”

Link to Georges’  A Mixtape for Tortola https://visualverse.org/submissions/a-mixtape-for-tortola/

Ana Portnoy-Brimmer  ”Hear me Drown” https://visualverse.org/submissions/hear-me-drown/

Erika Jeffers Talk Funny  https://visualverse.org/submissions/talk-funny/

Chris Astwood “Green Tape/ Landscape with ghosts ”  https://visualverse.org/submissions/green-tape-dream-landscape-with-ghosts/

Arturo Desimone Untitled https://visualverse.org/submissions/untitled-4/

 

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