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Something to say about John Berger

Twenty creators paid tribute in Madrid the committed English writer, who died in January

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Something to say about John Berger

A twenty creators paid tribute in Madrid committed English writer, who died in January

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Something needed to be said. Who was John Berger. What was to his son Yves. How you saw your friends. How many hugs he gave. You could say that yesterday we put toger a collective book, for hand of 18 authors (be y writers or filmmakers or illustrators or musicians or journalists), that y needed to say in public what y have thought of John Berger in private.

Manuel Rivas arrived at Círculo de Bellas Artes, in Madrid, where he held tribute “with pockets full of resistance”, as requested by man who reflected with poetry and rawness to extinction of peasant life in a trilogy essential (Sow earth, once in Europa, Lilac and Flag, published by Alfaguara as almost all his work). Isabel Coixet made powerless by anguish scenic and available happy to exchange hugs with “ people that you have embraced”.

Leticia Ruifernández came as an illustrator of And our faces, my life, brief as photos, first title that read of Berger that has now splashed with watercolors and china ink —can be seen in an exhibition in space Phanta Rei— in remake that has just launched Nordic walking. Perhaps most intimate of books. A reflection on suffering, absences, and rootedness. When it was published he had already triumphed as a orist of art —in part thanks to his BBC series, which was moved n to essay Ways of seeing— as accumulated miles and miles of road from his bike, as was committed intellectual that he never ceased to be, as it were with Black Panrs, aids patients or palestinian people.

The talks alpine with Tilda Swinton

A year before he died, John Berger (London, 1920-Antony, 2017), screenwriter, art critic and writer, shared several lectures at his house with his friend, actress Tilda Swinton. Those conversations, sometimes intimate, sometimes political, sometimes memorialísticas, were collected in documentary, Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, which was presented yesterday at Circle of Fine Arts. The four short documentaries, interspersed with sequences biographical earlier, are developed in each one of stations, which are transforming alpine landscape of Quincy. There was installed Berger in 1973, a year after winning Booker prize with G., to immerse yourself in style of peasant life, which n led to literature Of his labours.

Rivas, who was paired with photographer Gervasio Sánchez in his speech at Teatro Fernando de Rojas, he wanted to be faithful to spirit of Berger and asked for whereabouts of argentine Santiago Maldonado, disappeared this summer after supporting a mapuche group that occupied lands of Benetton in Patagonia. “He would like that oyésemos something of our time. Berger breaks many dilemmas. One of m is talk of commitment. We have to carry pockets full of resistance, said,” recalled Rivas, author shares with Berger a certain way, intimate, and activist, to go through life and literature.

One day, in era of fax, director Isabel Coixet received in his office text of someone impacted by his film Things I never told you (1996). Signed John Berger. They became friends. Toger y visited prisons in Turin and Barcelona. The writer built a book, From a To X, thinking of Coixet. The filmmaker rode a artistic project, From I to J, dedicated to Berger. All of this passed over head of Isabel Coixet in days prior to tribute yesterday: “it's been 20 years that I know him... I can't talk about him in past. Your presence is a billion times stronger than his absence”. Before you get to stage, director praised his ability to weave emotions: “The good thing about John is this capillary action, spider web that we weave between everyone.”

Surrounded by friends paternal as well as translators Pilar Vázquez and Ramón Vera, journalists Alfonso Armada, and Juan Cruz, actor Gonzalo Cunill, or singer-songwriter Ruper Ordorika, sitting on stage in a hypotical wagon train, Yves Berger read a fable written by him about hope and power of small things.

expand photo Isabel Coixet and Gonzalo Cunill, yesterday in a homage to John Berger in Circle of Fine Arts of Madrid. Claudio Álvarez

The previous day Yves Berger had opened in space Ivorypress in Madrid its exposure From Orchard to Garden, a collection of prints and drawings as rooted in nature as well as some tales of his far. Yves was born in Saint-Jeoire, a French village of Haute-Savoie, where he settled his far to leave London. He grew up among farmers and artists. It is easy to see that Berger treated m equally to all, with same kindness and same significance. “He was a person that never saw above,” said Leticia Ruifernández, who came in Madrid to presentation of a book by writer after being impacted And our faces, my life, brief as photos. The illustrator discovered how Berger came to her and identified as an artist —he said, “You're a painter”— and a week later he wrote a letter thanking him for meeting. “Each one gave her a talk”, remembered translator, Ramón Vera, purpose of his book signings in Mexico.

“it Is one of artists less banal that I have known,” said John Cross, who did last interview, two months before he died in Antony (France) on January 2, 2017.

In that conversation he explained what was spring that triggered his literature: “I become aware that re is something that needs to be said. It can be something big about world, or something about appearance of a flower in a jar, for some reason or anor. Sometimes I say to myself: perhaps said anor. And sometimes answer is: no, if you do not what you say, it will not be such. And n I have to write”.


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