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Forgotten Spanish Women Authors : Las Sinsombrero and Switzerland

May 7, 2019

The invention of a new colour pervaded by blessedness : the voice of Moran Magal

October 9, 2018

A thin red thread from Lluís Llach to Kobi Farhi

October 8, 2018

Please, do not support the cultural boycott of Israel

September 5, 2018

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May 7, 2019

Las Sinsombrero and Switzerland is a Swiss cultural project conceived by the Research centre for European Philological Tradition (www.receprio.eu), that seeks to recover the memory of those Spanish women writers, artists, activists and philosophers of the generation of 1927 known as Las Sinsombrero (Women Without Hats) during their exile in Switzerland.

It's been more than 40 years since the publication of the monumental study El Exilio español de 1939, by José Luis Abellán. In these forty years there has been a slow reevaluation of the literary reputation that many Spanish male authors gained in exile. But so far no one has been concerned with analysing the role played by the exiled women writers, artists, activists and philosophers. The research intends to focus also on the host land, Switzerland, where these women found the serenity that allowed them to be highly productive. A brief comparison of their Swiss trajectories seems an appropriate way to introduce Rosa Chacel, Ruth Velázqu...

October 9, 2018

I am a synesthete. If I listen to music, my brain immediately tunes in to those frequencies and can't help but live within the colourful sounds that spring and spread through the air. Music is an inspiration and today I want to talk about what happens to me when I listen to the voice of Moran Magal. It’s an instantly recognizable voice, with its smooth and sweet colouring, a voice that has the ability to take me back in time to that period of one’s youth when everything is still so mysterious, violent, with blinding lights, colours a dense purple and deep black, one’s emotions so intense. Accompanied by the sound of Moran's voice, I thus begin a lengthy pilgrimage along the streets of the world, carrying only a bag on my back containing all of my hopes, and leaning on my pen like a walking stick. I need many centuries, multiplied by the lives I've lived, beginning over and over from scratch, without ever fully living one out, because I know that my life is a mixture of earth and indist...

October 8, 2018

I was 14 when I first listened to a vinyl record by Lluís Llach and it was immediately clear to me that the ancient and clandestine language in which the songwriter expressed himself would have accompanied me for a long time in the years to come. Llach is one of the main representatives of Nova cançó (New Song), a movement of musicians, and singers who defied Francisco Franco's dictatorship by singing political songs in Catalan during a time where the language, and all other cultural manifestations of Catalan identity were prohibited. His famous song L’Estaca, meaning "the stake", was composed in 1968 (a year that marked the European culture) and tells of a rotten stick about to fall (as an image of Franco's regime). In the early 1990s, some years after my first virtual meeting with Llach, the press office of the artist, knowing that I was working on the Italian translation of his lyrics, sent me all his records and CDs. That was one of the most welcomed unexpe...

September 5, 2018

BOYCOTTING CULTURE IS BOYCOTTING HOPE.

Artists may sometimes offer us alternative versions of - and even redemptive visions for- our troubled world.
In a country as small and as young as Israel, artists have traditionally served an important role in collective identity formation and in the nation-building process. As Rachel Tzvia pointed out in her book With an Iron Pen.Twenty Years of Hebrew Protest Poetry, poets through the better part of the twentieth century, were expected to produce a narrative implicitly reflective and supportive of official government policies, which were seen as synonymous with the desires of the people. Hebrew even has a term for this literary phenomenon: shirah meguyeset (mobilized poetry), a poetry that speaks in the name of the nation, carrying the patriotic flag into battle. Nevertheless, there are always been voices of protest against the anti-Palestinian policies, voices of solidarity with Palestine. There are artists in Israel who do not speak in the nam...

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