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Panorama International Literature Festival 2024 Begins with “Illuminate Humanity: A Candlelit Pledge”

Athens (Greece): The much-anticipated Panorama International Literature Festival 2024, hosted by The Writers Capital Foundation, commenced its literary journey on January 1st, 2024, with a poignant and symbolic initiation— the “Illuminate Humanity: A Candlelit Pledge” program.

This inaugural event captured the essence of global collaboration, as people from diverse corners of the world, including esteemed delegates, united virtually to participate in the candlelight ceremony. The metaphorical act of lighting candles served as a universal pledge to spread kindness and compassion, setting the tone for the festival’s overarching theme of embracing humanity through literature.

Delegates and literature enthusiasts from various countries contributed to the luminous spectacle. The virtual gathering witnessed a kaleidoscope of candles being lit, symbolizing a collective commitment to illuminating the world with the virtues of kindness and compassion.

The Candlelit Pledge saw a heartening display of unity, underscoring the festival’s mission to bridge cultures through the universal language of literature. Participants shared their candlelit moments on social media platforms, fostering a global sense of connection.

“The ‘Illuminate Humanity’ program marks the inauguration of Panorama International Literature Festival 2024 with a profound and symbolic gesture. Literature has the power to transcend borders, and this program exemplifies our collective dedication to fostering a more compassionate and understanding world,” said Preeth Nambiar, President of The Writers Capital Foundation.

As the festival unfolds, attendees can expect an array of literary events, insightful discussions, and engaging sessions that promise to transcend cultural boundaries. Panorama International Literature Festival 2024 is not merely a celebration of words but a global rendezvous for minds eager to explore the vast landscape of human experiences through the medium of literature.

 

POETIC LANGUAGE AND VISUAL ART. FROM POETRY TO IMAGE AND PERFORMANCE

Although the image can be considered a resource of desire, poetry is, instead, a voice that comes from within. Image and poetry are governed by a figurative and sensual design, evoking a union to create something new in an interdisciplinary way. Poetry makes you fly, and the image makes you dream. The poet represents the image using the word, so the language of poetry is given over to the task of imagining the image and making the unthinkable see. In turn, the artist represents poetry using the visible, so that the language of art is given over to the task of representing poetry and making the message visible. An intrinsic and empathetic relationship arises, externalizing and intensifying the mimicry of a unique world, expressing feelings and emotions, thereby pursuing a representation of an innovative vision of the environment.

In this context, we can speak of poetry, characterized by the close interaction of verbal and visual language, where the image accompanies the verse, while the visual discourse of the image interacts with the word to elaborate the poetic world. The visual appeals to emotion through action, while poetry, in turn, emphasizes the predominance of a verbal register, both fields focused on philosophical and intimate reflection, with a message that is wanted to be transmitted both with the word and with the visual. From this interaction of verbal and visual signs, a sense is born and develops that establishes a synergy and a relationship of interdependence, that is, constituting an indivisible and unalterable aesthetic and formal unit.

The collaboration of the poet and the artist will be decisive in the relevance of the image or visual art in relation to poetry, linked to the internal organization of the components of the work, bringing the poems to fruition combined with the images. In some cases, it is about poetry created for images, in other cases it is the reverse, it is about images created for poetry. At this point, both poet and visual artist can decide the degree of autonomy or dependence between poetry and image, so that each image-poem can be read independently or maintain a unifying sequence, where the illustrations are presented together with the poems, in a certain order that suggests a journey through an aesthetic and thematic unit, both from a verbal and visual point of view. The interaction between images and words in the construction of meaning is considered essential, neither poetry nor image are a secondary complement to each other, both have their own characteristics attributed to the poetic self and the artistic self.

Poetry is characterized by its internal cohesion, its rhythmic and sound qualities, the predominance of poetic connotation, a meaning, freedom, expressive and linguistic creativity, linking with the artistic dimension characterized by its interpretive qualities, emotion and sensitivity. , expressive creativity and the aesthetic part of art. In this way, both expressive elements (verbal and visual) form an aesthetic unit and converge in the construction of meaning, resulting in a work made of words and images.

When image and poetry evolve into live art, performance art&poetry appears. Art in action or performance, as avant-garde art linked to poetry, shows actions carried out by the artist within an interdisciplinary context. Here, the performance needs the presence and execution of the artist himself, who plays an important and fundamental role, involving time, space, the body and the relationship with the public. His goal is to generate a reaction, sometimes with the help of improvisation and a sense of aesthetics, linked around concepts of visual art. It is not just a stage performance, it is a unique and sublime experience, where it merges with the poetic message. Poetry in performance emerges to distinguish vocal interpretations based on the word from artistic interpretations, in a joint work of scenic and visual interpretation. Performance poets draw on the rhetorical and philosophical expression of their poetics, while the artist often challenges the audience to think in new and unconventional ways, to break the concepts of traditional arts and to transform the traditional and academic idea of ​​the art into an aesthetic experience.

Analysing the various aspects of poetic language and visual art, we can see that there is an innovative journey that goes from poetry to image and performance, or on the contrary, from visual art to poetic language. The two have always had a very close relationship. In this way, we can say that “art is silent poetry and poetry is speaking art”, as Simónides of Ceos (VI-V BC) already expressed and later Horace placing poetry dependent on the image.

From this dependence between poetry and art we can affirm that poetry can build something that does not exist or represent the plastically unpresentable, while visual art can represent the entire underlying world of poetic language and give it scenic life, either as an “epogram”, a verbal inscription on an object or body in a subsidiary relation to the word, either as “ekphrasis” that allows a detailed description of the object or body and places the image and the word on the same plane, or as “emblem” or “emblematic poetry”, where the object or body is more than an image, it is a code, it cannot be silent and needs the support of the word.

Article by Articles / By Joan Josep Barcelo & Filippo Papa

Palazzo della Pietà hosts OMNISCIENT the exhibition of Filippo Papa’s photographic works and Joan Josep Barceló’s poems in Venice 

Venice was the place where art and poetry met a new vision and experimentation through the representation of the REGENERATION performance by Filippo Papa and Joan Josep Barcelo creating a new way of making art, the union between photographic and performative art, holographic technology and poetry.

The Palazzo della Pietà in Venice hosted OMNISCIENT the exhibition of Papa’s photographic works and Barceló’s poems, curated by Mac Art, included in the Amedeo Modigliani Foundation Biennale. On the occasion of this exhibition, the commemorative book OMNISCIENT was published by the Setteponti Publishing House, with the preface by Paolo Giansiracusa and the afterword by Michele Lasala, where the various photographs and poems of both artists are collected. In the first part we find the twelve works of Omniscient accompanied by the twelve poems of Barcelo and in the second part, a tribute to the ten-year career of the artist Filippo Papa with the publication of ten works, one for each career year, always accompanied by poems unpublished by the poet Barcelo.

This whole concept materialized in the presentation of the performance REGENERATION at the end of April, with two representations, where Filippo Papa, live, as a visual performer, showed expressive art in his own body through a wonderful performance full of colour and interpretation, and where the poetry of Joan Josep Barceló adopted the holographic form, enhancing the act.

“Filippo Papa and Joan Josep i Barcelo travel in unison on the curvilinear paths of the universe. They adopt the same synthesis and love the musicality of silence. One captures images that push the gaze toward the Empireus, the other “rebuilds in the ceiling of the sky with every heartbeat”. It would seem that their poetics are entirely constructed by admiring the infinity that dominates our presence. Both look upwards as if looking for a trajectory that pushes the soul towards the place where everything is destined to converge. In this regard, Barcelo weaves verses as light as air, as burning like fire, and reminds us of everyone’s destiny in “asking only to die in the belly of the dome”.

Paolo Giansiracusa

“Filippo Papa and Joan Josep Barcelo, the photographer and the poet, the Sicilian and the Catalan, united in a journey called beauty. Moved by the desire to grasp, in the most varied forms of things, the most intimate essence of being, the two brave wayfarers unleash the weapons they know best. Papa does this by using light, with which he rewrites and describes the order of the world and admirably discloses that silent grammar that lies, eternal, under the heavy blanket of the visible. Barcelo does this by using the word, with which he illuminates, like a powerful beacon, the darkest and most hidden corners of the spirit of man. Two languages apparently distant from each other, but which actually show and prove to be basically the same thing. In fact, photography and poetry are both forms capable of capturing, imprisoning, freezing and crystallizing in an image or in a word the fleeting moment, the instant, the moment; what by nature is destined to live in a short space of time and then soon be swallowed up in the infinite darkness where everything is cancelled out. But art, photographic and poetic, has the strength to steal the moment that is about to dissolve from its evil destiny. At that moment there is the secret of the world, there is the whole sense of being. It is that light that pierces the darkness and illuminates the conscience of man, and that art reveals precisely. An image that, in Papa’s wonderful photos, finds full concreteness in the elegant shapes of a dome pierced by a mystical ray of sunshine. Seen from below and from inside, this almost looks like a circle of light, surrounded by the deepest darkness that eats away and cancels the rest of the church. In Barcelo’s profound lyrics, however, takes on the appearance of those words that no one understands and understands, which however herald a possible tomorrow. In one way or another, the presence of the transcendent is felt in the captured moment; the presence of what is far beyond the narrow schemes of reason. Absolute knowledge, or omniscience, whose most perfect symbol is not by chance the circle, among the forms, the one that best expresses the Umgreifende, the all-embracing of Jaspersian memory, where the possible is understood as well as the impossible”.

Michele Lasala

to multiply all hopes by four to irrigate with desire
the dome in the bud of each of the auroras
among celestial songs of guessing angels
what must be a martyrdom of symphonies of numbers

to savor the solitude of the hours that enter the night of the bodies
with a firm step on an oblique path

to fall completely into the lap of luminous forests
and of a twilight sky under the light weight of the eyes of a sun
that draws the most beautiful shadows in the world

*****

to try to sleep to talk to the angels about who is the most powerful
and to ocupy all the spaces feeling how their hands
are placed on the other hands

to feel no ties and cover nudity with rays of light
to combine their blood with other blood
to usurp the place in the shadows and not leave the fire of the circle

to ask only to die in the belly of the dome

*****

to unfold eight numbers on a distant and dark background
of the paradise of the eight gardens with eight doors

a circle of perfection in a mystical limit of light and dark
eternity between wind swirls and words between dream images and stars

to explain everything with drunkenness without depending on someone
who speaks a language that no one understands

(Poems by Joan Josep Barcelo)