Palabras ajenas

Palabras ajenas 

World Premiere

As part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty, REDCAT presents the exhibition and performance focused on the work of Argentine Artist León Ferrari.

Palabras ajenas will be performed in its entirety for the first time.

This is a FREE non-ticketed event in the theater.

The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War is the most significant solo exhibition of work by Argentine artist León Ferrari (Buenos Aires, 1920 – 2013) in the U.S. and features the first full performance of his seminal 1967 publication Palabras ajenas (The Words of Others).

The exhibit, developed with the cooperation of the Fundación Augusto y León Ferrari, Arte y Acervo (FALFAA), focuses primarily on Ferrari’s influential practice from the 1960s to the 1980s, with a particular emphasis on Ferrari’s literary collages, most notably Palabras ajenas, an important Vietnam era anti-war piece written in the form of a dramatic script. Ferrari created the work by cutting and assembling texts and quotations from various sources, including news agencies, history books, the Bible, and speeches by such political and religious figures as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert McNamara, Pope Paul VI and Adolph Hitler.

The September 16 durational performance in the theater at REDCAT is the first time the entire piece will be performed. Partial readings have been held at the Arts Lab in London (1968) and in Buenos Aires at the Larrañaga Theater (1972). A cast of 30 readers will create a "chorus" of contemporary voices to interpret the text, which represents an essential political piece in Ferrari’s body of work, and constitutes a tribute to him as an artist and a defender of culture, Democracy, and civil rights. Ferrari's literary collages share the experimental impulse of figures such as Julio Cortázar and Bertolt Brecht in literature and theater, as well as the political unrest of the counterculture movement of the 1960s.

This exhibition is curated by Ruth Estévez, Curator and Director of the Gallery at REDCAT, Miguel A. López, Director of TEOR/éTica in Costa Rica, and Agustín Díez Fischer, Director Fundación Espigas in Buenos Aires. Advisor: Andrea Giunta.

The exhibition is part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

Major support for this exhibition is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Special thanks to Fundación Augusto y León Ferrari Arte y Acervo (FALFAA), for their support and for providing access to León Ferrari’s archives over the years.

Special thanks to Silvia and Hugo Sigman Collection, Buenos Aires, Sicardi Gallery, Houston,María Cristina and Pablo Henning collection, Houston, Dr. Carlos Bacino collection, Houston and Allison and David Ayers collection, Houston.






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G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff