Presentation of the book "El Pangolín" by Enrique Juncosa

Llegim juntxs la contemporaneïtat

• Day: June 30
• Time: 7:00 p.m.
• Space: Auditorium
• Free activity with prior registration and limited places

Enrique Juncosa will present the book of poems El Pangolín, published by Turner and Galería Senda. In addition, the author is also co-editor of the collection of poetry plaquettes entitled “El leopardo de las nieves”.  The first four are dedicated to Eliot Weinberger, Clara Janés, Pedro Serrano and Ranjit Hoskote. The poetry plaquettes will also be presented at the same event. This double literary meeting is part of the public program “Llegim juntxs la contemporaneïtat”, in which we appeal to collective reflection on issues that not only cross contemporary art but also diverse issues of our time. With a presentation cycle format, in #LetsReadTogether we deal with both editorial novelties and recent publications with the presence of authors, in order to open the debate to the public and share views on the proposed approaches. After the presentation, the writers will sign copies of their books.

Presented by: José Carlos Llop, writer

Synopsis: El Pangolín is a dialogue between prose poems and watercolours that emerged during the confinement of the pandemic. Shortly after the start of the confinement due to Covid-19, Iran do Espirito Santo, in São Paulo, contacted Enrique Juncosa, in Mallorca, proposing to collaborate on a book. It so happened that the author had begun some travel-related prose poems based on personal memories and imagination, and which referred to a way of life that was suddenly suspended. He wrote forty poems, suggesting the idea of ​​quarantine, under the title El Pangolín, an animal identified as the initial spreader of the virus. Do Espirito Santo made forty watercolors, one per poem, related to the text, although not always in an obvious way, suggesting an inner journey. Floating images in a white space, abstract and with a geometric origin, with the delicacy of oriental miniatures.

Enrique Juncosa is writer and exhibitions curator. He was director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin from 2003 to 2012, for which he received the Orden Civil al Mérito from the Spanish State, and before that he was deputy director of the Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid (2000-2003) and IVAM, Valencia ( 1998-2000).

He has curated numerous exhibitions for institutions such as Tate Britain and Whitechapel Art Gallery, both in London; Hamburger Banhof, Berlin; ”la Caixa” Foundation, Madrid and Barcelona; MAXXI, Rome; Museum of Beaux-Arts, Nantes; Astrup Fearnley Museet vor Monderne Kunst, Oslo; Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona; SMAK, Ghent; Kunsthalle Bielefeld; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; Konsthal Rotterdam; Osaka National Museum; Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Fondaçao Serralves, Porto; CCCB Barcelona; or Opera City Gallery, Tokyo. He was also curator of the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011.

As a writer, he has published nine books of poetry: the first was Amanecer zulú (1986), and the most recent El Pangolín (2021). His poetry has been translated into English and French. He has also published a book of stories: Los hedonistas (2014), and several books of essays, including: Miquel Barceló o el sentimiento del tiempo (2003), Las adicciones: Ensayos sobre arte contemporáneo (2006) and, published in English, Writers on Howard Hodgkin (Editor, 2005), selected as one of the best art books of the year by the Financial Times of London; The Moderns: The Arts in Ireland from the 1900s to the 1970s (Editor, 2010); The Irish Years, Selected Writings (2013); and Philip Taaffe (2020), selected as the best art book of the year by The Brooklyn Rail, New York. Between 2009 and 2011 he directed the English-language art and literature magazine Boulevard Magenta in Ireland, and then the magazine -normal, published in Madrid (2016-2020).

books Juncosa Llop Poetry
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