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Spectral histories: Art and the Colombian rubber industry

May 01, 2017 Comments Off on Spectral histories: Art and the Colombian rubber industry by

Our modern world owes a lot to a product native to Amazonia: natural rubber. As well as its contribution to the automobile and aviation industries in the form of the tyre, natural rubber is employed in a range of other products: from hoses and industrial belts to gloves, syringes, telegraph cables and condoms. A history […]

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‘A beautiful, bountiful country torn apart’

Mar 31, 2017 Comments Off on ‘A beautiful, bountiful country torn apart’

In her investigation A Hero’s Curse: The Perpetual Liberation of Venezuela (UK: Hurst, April 2017, US: Oxford University Press, May 2017), the Swedish journalist Kajsa Norman tells the story of “the modern Venezuelans whose lives have taken shape in the shadow of Simón Bolívar and his most passionate disciple, Comandante Hugo Chávez.” It is November 2013. A stray dog urinates on […]

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Tropical troubadour: Agustín Lara in Veracruz

Feb 05, 2017 Comments Off on Tropical troubadour: Agustín Lara in Veracruz

From Agustin Lara: A Cultural Biography By Andrew Grant Wood © Oxford University Press, 2014 The early association between Veracruz and Lara [began] in January 1929 when, while performing at the El Retiro, Maruca Pérez referred to Agustín as “the inspired Veracruz composer.” Further constructing this fictive identity, Lara began telling interviewers in the early 1930s that he […]

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Close encounters of all kinds

Jan 20, 2017 Comments Off on Close encounters of all kinds

            Excerpt from The Worlds I Love, a novel by Cuban author Daína Chaviano, translated by Yolanda Molina-Gavilán It was the month of July and final examinations came along with it. During the breaks I turned myself to rest and clearing my mind as I went from one exam to the next. I […]

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An original spirit: William James in Brazil

Jan 04, 2017 Comments Off on An original spirit: William James in Brazil

by Maria Helena P.T. Machado University of São Paulo From Brazil through the Eyes of William James: Letters, Diaries, and Drawings, 1865–1866 Translated by John M. Monteiro Harvard University Press, 2006 Republished with permission of the author A completely different perspective emerges in the letters and diaries written by William James during his journey in Brazil. […]

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Portrait of Messi as a Young Man (excerpt)

Nov 11, 2016 Comments Off on Portrait of Messi as a Young Man (excerpt)

Excerpt from Mexican writer Juan Villoro’s God is Round, translated by Thomas Bunstead (Restless Books, 2016) CHILDHOOD PREFIGURATIONS Not long before taking part in his first final in youth competitions, Lionel Messi got locked in a bathroom. The child whom no defender was able to stop found himself up against a broken lock. The match was about […]

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Featured poet: Alejandra Lerma (Colombia)

Nov 08, 2016 Comments Off on Featured poet: Alejandra Lerma (Colombia)

Born in Cali in 1991, Lerma studied social communication and journalism at the Universidad del Valle. Her poems have been published in the individual collections El lenguaje de mi alma (2008) and Oscuridad en luz alta (2015), and she has also participated in collective works like Antología poética amores urbanos (2011) and Trébol de cuatro hojas (2014). Currently […]

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Echoes of echoes

Oct 22, 2016 Comments Off on Echoes of echoes

Dialogues with Myself and My Others Isaac Goldemberg, translated from the Spanish by Jonathan Tittler Cardboard House Press, 2016 The “My Others” in the title isn’t a typo. Every poem in this book begins with a quote from some other person. Isaac Goldemberg’s poems respond to these epigraphs, either by extending their ideas, arguing against them, turning […]

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Featured artist: Visual poet Ismael Velázquez Juárez (Mexico)

Sep 23, 2016 Comments Off on Featured artist: Visual poet Ismael Velázquez Juárez (Mexico)

This week’s featured artist is the poet Ismael Velázquez Juárez (Mexico City, 1960), whose delicate compositions play with empty space, 18th century imagery and geometric abstraction. Velázquez Juárez’s poems and collages have appeared in magazines in Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Germany, the United States and Spain. His published work includes Billiard Dust (poetry), The Art of Drinking (aphorisms); Places and Non-places […]

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Review: Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Julieta’

Aug 25, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Julieta’

Almodóvar’s twentieth feature opens with the screen filled by red, rhythmically breathing fabric, a mysterious, sensuous image full of intensity that sets the tone for the whole film. The mood breaks as the camera moves to a woman, Julieta (Emma Suarez), who is busily preparing to leave Madrid for Portugal to start a new life […]

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Prints, politics and protest in Chile

Jul 24, 2016 Comments Off on Prints, politics and protest in Chile

This week VL English looks at the political art of Pedro Alberto Fuentealba Campos, a visual artist trained at the School of Arts of the University of Concepción, Chile, where he specialized in printmaking. Fuentealba Campos has participated in projects related to the performing arts, film, video, urban intervention, performance, and graphic simulation, and is interested in a wide […]

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Featured artist: Genoveva Pérez Volpe

Jul 05, 2016 Comments Off on Featured artist: Genoveva Pérez Volpe

Uruguayan artist Genoveva Pérez Volpe (Montevideo, 1974) uses inks and watercolours to illustrate books for children. She works as a graphic designer, but has always been drawn to illustration. 
She lived in Barcelona for 12 years, where she started the Janistudio project (2007), a small visual communications studio, before moving back to Montevideo. Ventana Latina is pleased to present […]

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Fluid logic

Mar 11, 2016 Comments Off on Fluid logic

El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button) Director: Patricio Guzmán Distributor: New Wave Films   A camera pans over the cordillera with dips and swoops, cuts to water dripping on a zinc roof. Water runs down leaves and stalks of plants, splashes in rivers. We are shown comets, galaxies, rivulets, oceans; water is the connection, the intermediary force […]

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