José Alejandro Restrepo is one of the most consolidated creators of national contemporary art. During his studies in the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris he had personal contact with thinkers such as Deleuze and Foucault, became interested in their approaches and discovered the work of emblematic video artists such as Bill Viola and Gary Hill, who asserted his interest in video instalations as the proper means for his research. Since 1988 he has become a pioneer using this technique in Colombia. His work´s second basic aspect is the profound investigation he carries out into national history. He displays his works regularly throughout Europe, Latin America and the US.
In conversation with Juan David Correa, Director of ARCADIA.
Three writers will talk with Juan Cruz about narrative´s versatility, how it can be presented in different formats and its possibilities. Alberto Barrera Tyska is a Venezuelan writer, poet and screenwriter. Claudia Piñeiro is an Argentinian writer and playwright. Yolanda Reyes is a Colombian writer who is well known for her work surrounding both children´s and “grown-ups” literature, a distinction she tries to avoid. Juan Cruz is a Spanish journalist, author of more than twenty books.
The writer and academic Rubén Gallo (Mexico) has a passion for the work of Marcel Proust, one of the greatest writers in the history of literature. In Search of Lost Time (1913-1927) is Proust’s best known work and in it, through great introspection, the writer offers a reflection on his life. Gallo, Professor of the Language, Literature and Civilization of Spain at Princeton University, is the author of Proust’s Latin Americans. He will talk to Guadalupe Nettel about this renowned author’s relationships with Latin Americans.
In the 1980s, under the influence of Spanish punk, many of the young people of Peru expressed their anger. Some of their reactions involved drugs, music and violent action. Martín Roldán, who wrote Este amor no es para cobardes (2015), writes about a Lima of repression, scarcity and power cuts. He and Edurne Portela, who last year published El eco de los disparos, a book about the end of ETA’s armed struggle and which maintains a commitment to engaging with the past, will talk to the writer Alonso Rabí.
Javier Gomá is a Spanish writer of both fiction and non-fiction, author of the Tetralogía de la ejemplaridad and Filosofía mundana, in which he explains that in today’s world the mission of philosophy is to make itself ‘worldly’: philosophy about, but also for, the whole world. In his book, La imagen de tu vida, he proposes using existence to build up a lasting example and also invites us to live a dignified and beautiful life, one in which we can feel the sublime nature of existence, as against the nihilism that has been appropriated from culture in today’s mass society. He will talk to the journalist Winston Manrique.
César Bona, author of La nueva educación, is one of the fifty best educators in the world according to the Global Teacher Prize, the so-called Nobel for teachers. He will talk about the questions that he has considered in his career as an education reformer: Why are textbooks no longer so important? Why does the importance of homework need to be relativized? Why should education be done with empathy? Why should education be more important than any government?
The levels of economic, gender, police and organized criminal violence in Latin America are among the highest in the world. Literature is one of the few ways of fleeing from it or responding to it without perpetuating its vicious circle. In this discussion, three of Latin America’s finest writers will talk about the degree to which the writings of the region’s writers are permeated in this violence. Jesús Miguel Soto (Venezuela) and Luciana Sousa (Argentina), authors from the Bogotá39 selection, will talk to Marta Orrantia about these matters.
Luisgé Martín is a Spanish writer and journalist. A member of the founding team of two Spanish cultural magazines (Esperpento and Perchero) and a contributor to several publications, he advised the Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, in 2010 and 2011. He currently combines writing with work for Thinking Heads. This author of novels and short stories will talk to Dante Trujillo about his latest work, El amor del revés, an autobiographical work that talks honestly and clearly about how he gradually accepted his feelings and sexual preferences.
Four of Latin America’s best writers aged under 40 choose one or two writers from any Latin American country, plus an international author, whose work they admire. At this event Gabriela Jauregui (Mexico), Laia Jufresa (Mexico), Alan Mills (Guatemala) and Jesús Miguel Soto (México) talk to the journalist Winston Manrique about their recommendations.
Valenzuela is one of the best-known and important contemporary Argentinean writers. Because of the military dictatorship, which impeded both her journalistic and literary work, she went into exile in the United States. She stayed there for ten years and was writer-in-residence at the Center for InterAmerican Relations and at New York and Columbia universities, where she also gave writing workshops and seminars. In 1989 she returned for good to Buenos Aires, where she continues to live. Luisa Valenzuela is the author of more than 30 books, including novels, short stories, micro-fiction and essays, with titles such as La travesía, El gato eficaz, Los heréticos and Hay que sonreír, which have been translated and published in many different countries.
The Peruvian María José Caro León, author of Perro de ojos negros, and the Chilean Eduardo Plaza, author of Hienas, are among the 39 Latin American writers aged under 40 chosen by the Hay Festival for the Bogotá39-2017 project. These authors will talk to Clara Elvira Ospina about their works, their literary process and the implications of being chosen for Bogotá39-2017.
The author of the acclaimed novel Midnight’s Children, chosen by the public as the best Booker prizewinner in its 40-year history, will talk to the Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez. At this event they will talk about Rushdie’s work, particularly about his latest published book, The Golden House, a brilliant and lucid portrait of North American society in the period from Obama’s presidency to Donald Trump’s.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
The Ottoman Empire covered an immense territory from Central Europe to the Arabian Peninsula, from the Caucasus to North Africa, for almost seven centuries. We will see how the Ottoman Empire became interested in the Americas just after the arrival of Columbus, and hear about social, economic and official relations between the Empire and Latin America, including the experiences of important Latin American travellers to imperial Turkey. With Necati Kutlu (Turkey), director of the Centre for Latin American Studies at Ankara University.
Maylis de Kerangal (France) has worked in publishing and is the author of novels including Birth of a Bridge, translated into eight languages and winner of the Médicis, Franz Hessel and Gregor von Rezzori prizes, and Mend the Living, winner in 2015 of the Llibreter Prize awarded by Catalan booksellers. Her latest work to be published in Spanish is Lampedusa, a novel built up around the name Lampedusa, which the author hears on the radio, full of literary and geographical associations, but also of tragedy and pain because of its link to the port of Lampedusa and the massive arrival of refugees on Sicily in recent years. She will talk to Alfredo Vanini Benvenuto, cultural manager, journalist and writer.
Geoff Dyer is one of the most outstanding contemporary British writers. A regular contributor to publications such as Esquire, The Guardian and The New York Times, he is also the author of books such as But Beautiful and Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It. He will talk to Toby Litchtig about his latest book, White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World, in which he deals with the power of memory, a wonderful homage to art and literature.
When it comes to the art of writing poetry there are as many truths as there are true poets. This event features the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom, who says that poetry lies at the centre of all that he does. His body of work, which contains more than fifty books and includes novels and travel writing, has won him several international prizes. He is accompanied by the Peruvian poet Carmen Ollé, who was acclaimed by critics after the publication of her poetry book Noches de adrenalina in 1981. Both writers will talk to Martín Zúñiga (Peru), the author of a number of poetry books and who in 2011 published an anthology of young Arequipa poets entitled Rastros/Rostros.
The Venezuelan fiction writer, poet and screenplay writer, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, is the author of Patria o muerte, which won the 11th Tusquets Novel Prize and which deals with Hugo Chávez’s battle against cancer, and later death. It is not the only time that he has written about the deceased President of Venezuela; together with Cristina Marcano he published Hugo Chavez: The Definitive Biography of Venezuela’s Controversial President. He has also published books, short stories and poetry, and has written screenplays for a number of soap operas, most recently Nada personal, for TV Azteca. He will share a stage with the Lima journalist and writer, Hugo Coya.
Could novels be a source of information for those who write history? Should the novelist who tackles historical themes ensure that the story is in line with the facts of the past? The historian Eduardo Posada-Carbó, lecturer at the University of Oxford, and the writer Juan Esteban Constaín, author of various historical novels, will talk about the work of García Márquez and the way in which historians and literary critics have given his novels an historical interpretation.
With the support of Banco de la República
Illustrators have the difficult task of creating an imaginary world based on a text, without limiting its meaning. The ingenious illustrations of Hanoch Piven have appeared in the most important US magazines and newspapers since 1992, as well as in European publications. He has also worked for children’s books, digital applications, advertising campaigns and television programmes. Ana Penyas, who studied Industrial Design and Fine Art, received the 2017 Fnac-Salamandra Graphic International Graphic Novel Prize. They will talk about the work of the illustrator with Juan Merino.
Two writers present their latest works. With the novelist and journalist, Renato Cisneros (Peru), author of the acclaimed La distancia que nos separa, a book that broke sales records in Peru and which has been translated into a number of languages. Cisneros will present his most recent novel, Dejarás la tierra, which also explores his family history. The writer José Ovejero (Spain) will talk about his latest book, La seducción, in which the author employs the idea of vengeance, with the protagonist leaving a monotonous life and being carried away by malice, something that the character considers throughout the book. Ovejero has written a range of novels, non-fiction works, short stories and poetry, including La invención del amor, 2013 Alfaguara Prize. They will talk to Clara Elvira Ospina.
Two preeminent writers from the Americas, whose works have also been well received in Europe, will talk to the founder of Buensalvaje magazine. They are Guadalupe Nettel and Alejandra Costamagna, in conversation with the publisher and author, Dante Trujillo, who has set himself the goal of helping literature to cross borders.
Reflecting on political phenomena, from the local to the global, from political theory to specific facts linked to a country’s reality. Political scientist Alberto Vergara and journalist and writer Mirko Lauer talk to historian Jorge Bedregal de la Vera about a genre of non-fiction whose importance goes beyond casual reading because of its close link to changes in ideologies and thought in general.
The poetry gala, the moment at which our favourite poets recite their work live, returns to the Hay Arequipa with Lee Maracle (Canada), Cees Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Peruvian poets Sheila Alvarado, Carlos Arámbulo, José Carlos Yrigoyen, Victoria Guerrero, Carmen Ollé, Alonso Ruiz Rosas and Martín Zúñiga. Presented by Liliet Heredero.