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Ikebana Politica

notas, poemas y ejercicios 2005 – 2015


Claudia del Rio

This book is a diary derived from the careful editing of a vast series of notebooks: a complete yet diverse ensemble of investigations, lecture notes, travel diaries, poems, short fictions, summaries, and projects. Owing to the performance of her writing, the image created shows not only the life of an artist but also the way she transmits her experience, and how she conceives the current state of the arts. Between self-help and an artistic Frankenstein, this book covers ten years of atomized writing, scattered notes which have found their axis many years later. Experience is considered to be a multisensorial collage, and drawing is a modest and subtle companion, but also a powerful tool to transform reality. For the author, writing is pouring life directly into notebooks: a mobile registry which records impressions at any time, and at its own pace.

Claudia del Río was born in Rosario, Argentina, in 1957. She is a poet, visual artist, teacher and curator. She graduated from the School of Arts at the National University of Rosario, where she currently teaches. She is the founder of the project ‘Club del Dibujo’ (‘Drawing Club’). During the 1980s, she was involved in performances, mail-art and multiple publications. She has represented Argentina in numerous international biennales, and has participated in more than 200 collective exhibitions. Her works are part of public and private collections in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, the USA and Spain. She has been guest artist in many programs and art clinics organized by the Antorchas Foundation and the National Arts Fund in Argentina. She has published the books Litoral y Cocacola (Ivan Rosado, 2012), Pieza Pizarrón (2013), Ikebana política (2016) and Hola, Sol gigante (2018).