Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls (Notes for an Eye Fire), 2021
Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls (Notes for an Eye Fire), 2021 Gabriel Ventura
The title of the exhibition Notes for an Eye Fire was borrowed from the homonymous 2020 book of poetry by Gabriel Ventura.

Both the book and Panorama 21 aspire to question the dominance of vision and urge us to explore an expanded definition of seeing, putting our other senses into action to apprehend the world.

Beyond the title, Ventura has also written a series of poems inspired by the artworks. These texts will be activated in a live performance in the galleries, a kind of sung guided tour as part of Notes for an Eye Fire’s programme of activities. Interpreted with a bare dramaturgy by flamenco singer Pere Martínez, Ventura’s verses consist of a free and unforseen cartography of the alliances and frictions created by the different voices of the exhibition.

About Gabriel Ventura

Gabriel Ventura

Gabriel Ventura’s multifaceted writing practice has embraced poetry, prose, interviews, narrative fiction, scripts and the epistolary form. The visual and scenic arts have always been central to his thinking and making, whether through the imagery that accompanies his publications or in his collaborations with filmmaker Albert Serra and artists such as Enric Farrés Duran and Rosa Tharrats. His latest poetry collection, Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls (2020)—which lends its title to the present exhibition—is prefaced by a photograph of a statue of Napoleon toppled by the Paris Commune in 1871 and reflects on iconoclasm and the rebellious power of sensory language. True to his belief that poetry is a lived experience, the publication launched with a 24-hour event at which Ventura lived in the window display of the Barcelona bookstore Documenta reading, sharing meals, signing books and debating with journalists, the book’s editors, the proofreader and other artists.

Gabriel Ventura studied humanities (2011) and comparative literature, art and thought (2013) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He has published Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls (Documents Documenta, 2020), W (Edicions Poncianes, 2017) and Ignar (Edicions Poncianes, 2013). He has given readings and performances at festivals and venues including Barcelona Poesia (2021) and the Biblioteca de Catalunya (2020). In 2018 he was awarded the Montserrat Roig Writing Grant and since 2019 he has been Associate Professor of Creative Writing at BAU Design College, Barcelona. gabrielventura.cat

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