The Enemies Project: Argentina: February 4th to 9th 2016
The Enemies project in Buenos Aires; an extraordinary, ambitious collaborative program of poetry between a host of poets from Argentina and visiting poets from the UK and Germany, writing brand new collaborations over a week in the Argentinian capital. A unique workshop of poetic collaboration closely curated by Flavia Daniela Pitella and SJ Fowler, to explore new ways of writing in tandem, across languages and literary styles, and include visual arts and music too. Drawing from the vast creative community of Buenos Aires, Enemigos: Argentina crossed continents to show the dynamic potential for collaborative practise in creating brilliant new works of poetry and long lasting global communities of writers.
A detailed report of the project is available here: www.stevenjfowler.com/argentina
Featuring poets Julián López, Anahí Mallol, Camilo Sanchez, SJ Fowler, Patrick Coyle & Leonce Lupette.
Co-curated by Flavia Daniela Pittella and SJ Fowler, & co-coordinated by Patricio Zunini & Omara Barra
Supported by El Tercer Lugar and The International Literature Legacy Fund.
The final performance - February 9th: El Tercer Lugar, Buenos Aires.
After just three days workshopping together, the six core poets of Enemigos: Argentina presented 15 brand new collaborations in revolving pairs and two group collaborations to a busy and enthusiastic audience.
El Tercer Lugar festival - February 8th, Buenos Aires
The Enemies Project: Argentina was curated over three days, with the first two nights featuring panel discussions covering translation to collaboration, and a series of solo readings by local Porteno poets and the visiting writers.
Pictures by Sofía Bianco
Julián López is an actor, writer and cultural journalist. In 2004 he published the collection Bienamado, selected by el Programa de Biblioviversidad del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Since 2006 he is a co-director of Carne Argentina, a circle of public readings of poetry and narrative literature. In 2013 the book publisher Eterna Cadencia published Una muchacha muy bella, his first novel, translated to Dutch and French and launched in Holland by Die Bezige Bij and by Christian Bourgeois Editeur in France. Other texts - short stories, poems, and comics, have been published in several anthologies, magazines and newspapers.
Anahí Mallol was born in May 1968 in La Plata, Argentina. She has published six books of poems: Postdata (published by Siesta in 1998), Polaroid (published by Siesta in 2001), Óleo sobre lienzo (Colección Chicas de Bolsillo, published by the UNLP, 2004), Zoo (published by Paradiso in 2009), Querida Alicia (published by La Sofía Cartonera in 2012), Como un iceberg (published by Paradiso in 2013). I have a book in press called Una ciudad, a couple of unpublished books I am working on, and a book of essays on Argentine poets: El poema y su doble, published by Simurg in 2003.
Camilo Sánchez was born in Mar del Plata in 1958. He is a poet and has been working as a journalist for 35 years. Together with Néstor Restivo, he wrote the biography Haroldo Conti, con vida, published in 1985 and reprinted in 2002 and 2006. That same year, together with Silvana Perl, he presented the installation Voces del Delta in the exhibition En el ojo del Tigre, at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. In 2008, his trilogy of poems Del viento en la ventana was shortlisted for the Olga Orozco Poetry Contest, with a judging panel including Juan Gelman, Gonzalo Rojas, Antonio Gamoneda and Jorge Boccanera. He co-authored, with Gustavo Ng and Néstor Restivo, El Otro Bicentenario. Doscientos hechos que no hicieron patria (2010). At present, he is one of the editors of Dang Dai, the first China-Argentina cultural exchange magazine. La viuda de los Van Gogh is his first novel.
Patrick Coyle (b. 1983, Hull, UK) is an artist and writer. He completed MFA Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London (2010) and BA Fine Art at Byam Shaw, University of the Arts London (2005). Coyle recently delivered performances at Westminster Reference Library, London; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; Global Committee, Brooklyn; Tate Modern, London; ICA, London; Nottingham Contemporary and Wellcome Collection, London. He recently exhibited work at ICA, London; DKUK Salon, London; ANDOR Gallery, London; Pump House Gallery, London; Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark; The Royal College of Art, London; and Saison Poetry Library, London. He recently contributed texts to The Cambridge Literary Review (Issue 8/9); A Circular (2 and 3); Invisible Fabrick (Norwich); and Dear World & Everyone In It, New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe Books, Northumberland). Coyle is a resident at The Hub, Wellcome Collection, London, and a member of The Disembodied Voice research group. www.patrickcoyle.info
SJ Fowler is a poet, artist, curator & vanguardist. He works in the modernist and avant garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, theatre, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance. He has published multiple collections of poetry and been commissioned by Tate Modern, the British Council, Tate Britain, Highlight Arts, Mercy, Penned in the Margins, the London Sinfonietta and he is currently in residence at Wellcome Collection with Hubbub group. He has been translated into 14 languages and performed at venues across the world, from Mexico city to Erbil, Iraq. He is the poetry editor of 3am magazine, teaches at Kingston University, Tate Modern and the Poetry School, and is the curator of the Enemies project. www.stevenjfowler.com