(N.p.): Elies Plana, 2018. Ten linocuts by Francisco Villa are printed in black and yellow. Their surrealistic blending of the natural and the human—flowers over a hand, a bird resting on a toe, a chrysanthemum sprouting from an eye—capture beauty and loneliness. They suggest a simultaneous reality of belonging to a large natural world while enduring inescapable isolation and psychological torment. Inspired by Villa’s paradoxical vision, Elies Plana determined to collaborate with him, and found matching text from the Nahuatl poetry of Ateri Miyawatl. Her text is here printed in Nahuatl, Catalan, and English.
Miyawatl co-directs Originaria, a project that aims to promote female poets who express themselves in native languages. Here, her pursuit of linguistic preservation finds purchase in questions of poetics, of the inner emotional life, and of identity and heritage. She asks, between her verses, what it means to call yourself by a certain name, and to speak to yourself, about yourself, in a language vulnerable to the dangers of globalization and oversimplification of cultures. The humanity of the poetry and illustration, paired with Plana’s decision to represent a diaspora of language, suggests a larger relationship between personhood, culture, and place; the same paradox of belonging and isolation extends to the fringes of language, especially native tongues so easily marginalized.
Quarto. (21)pp. From an edition of 72, this is one of 50 numbered copies. Fine in black cloth covered with yellow paper stamped in yellow and black. Housed in cardboard slipcase. Item #31176