Osvaldo Lamborghini, books, 1981-1985, © Elvira Lamborghini and Hanna Muck
Osvaldo Lamborghini (Buenos Aires, 1940 – Barcelona, 1985) is one of the great myths of contemporary Argentine literature. With only three books published in his lifetime – El fiord (1969), Sebregondi retrocede (1973) and Poemas (1980) – alongside Novelas y cuentos (1988) and Tadeys (incomplete, 1994), which appeared posthumously, he has become a true cult author, a reference for generations of Latin American and European writers.
However, there is one facet of Lamborghini yet to be explored. This is the visual production made while living in Barcelona, between 1981 and 1985: a vast array of photographic collages that has never been seen publicly and has remained in the archive of the storyteller and poet since his death.
Teatro proletario de cámara (Proletarian Chamber Theatre) is an exhibition that presents, for the first time in a museum, the most comprehensive anthology of visual works by Lamborghini. They shed light on the pointed radicality of this artist who remains unacknowledged by the aesthetic accounts of the eighties.
The exhibition is divided into four main sections: 1) an unabridged display of the original Teatro proletario de cámara, a book-object entirely conceived by the writer himself, which was first published in 2008 as a reduced facsimile edition; 2) his handmade notebooks, where he alternates photomontage, political chronicle and personal diary; 3) the collages with expressionist drawings and images recycled from pornographic publications of the time; 4) his pictorial interventions in books bought from publishers’ discount sales.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue entitled El sexo que habla (The Sex that Speaks), which brings together five unpublished essays written specifically for the publication by novelists César Aira and Alan Pauls, philosopher Paul B. Preciado, literary critic Antonio Jiménez Morato, as well as the essayist and curator of the exhibition, Valentín Roma. In addition, this publication contains over one hundred and fifty illustrations that document the variety of subjects, media and visual techniques in Lamborghini’s work.
Curator: Valentín Roma
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE EXHIBITED WORKS HAVE SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONTENT.
Charla entre Valentín Roma y Xavi Ayén
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