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52e Poetry International Festival Rotterdam

Poetry reading: Gonca Özmen & Ricardo Domeneck

Date
Sa June 11
16:30 - 17:30
Location
LantarenVenster 1
Poetry reading: Gonca Özmen & Ricardo Domeneck

Poetry reading: Gonca Özmen & Ricardo Domeneck

Reading by Gonca Özmen (Turkey) & Ricardo Domeneck (Brasil)

Gonca Özmen (1982, Turkey) is one of the best-known and most remarkable female Turkish poets of her generation. Her poems are playful, rhythmic and original, with language that both reflects and breaches tradition, sometimes in the same sentence. Love is never far away, though she seldom elucidates it in an unambiguous or lyrical way. She allows expectations and desires to clash with all the mistakes, fantasies and untruths that are often associated with love, generally adopting a critical feminist perspective. What Özmen shows above all is how complex and unfathomable the relationships between people can be; all the expectations and assumptions, leading almost inevitably to misunderstandings. Her work also reflects ingrained patterns and attitudes, particularly those of the male gaze on women. Physicality, vulnerability and the values surrounding the female body, play a major role in Özmen’s work: “My body is a gun made of sorrow / aimed at you".

Ricardo Domeneck (1977, Brazil) is...

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Gonca Özmen (1982, Turkey) is one of the best-known and most remarkable female Turkish poets of her generation. Her poems are playful, rhythmic and original, with language that both reflects and breaches tradition, sometimes in the same sentence. Love is never far away, though she seldom elucidates it in an unambiguous or lyrical way. She allows expectations and desires to clash with all the mistakes, fantasies and untruths that are often associated with love, generally adopting a critical feminist perspective. What Özmen shows above all is how complex and unfathomable the relationships between people can be; all the expectations and assumptions, leading almost inevitably to misunderstandings. Her work also reflects ingrained patterns and attitudes, particularly those of the male gaze on women. Physicality, vulnerability and the values surrounding the female body, play a major role in Özmen’s work: “My body is a gun made of sorrow / aimed at you".

Ricardo Domeneck (1977, Brazil) is one of today’s most prolific and versatile Brazilian poets. He nimbly switches between media, from collection or book to video, performance, music and visual arts. Domeneck describes himself as ‘an author from São Paulo, living in Berlin’, thus expressing his critical attitude to his homeland, which systematically and deliberately makes life difficult for the indigenous population of Brazil. At the same time, it distances him from Brazilian literature, which overlooks female authors and writers of colour. Domeneck is a sorcerer, a poet who maximises the power of his language. Philosophy and history blend with banal corporality and mundane observations in his glittering, almost tangible language. Domeneck’s poetry constantly pushes artificial boundaries and strains colonial reference frameworks, as well as normative attitudes to sexuality. Domeneck is particularly interested in the male body, whose delights he associates both tonally and thematically with the eroticism of language and the act of writing itself. In 2015 Perdu Amsterdam published a selection of his work in Dutch translation by Bart Vonck, with the title Het verzamelde lichaam (The Collected Body).

Pricing

For this program you need a day ticket for Saturday 11 June or a festival passe-partout
Day ticket: 10 to 25 euro’s
Passe-partout (three days): 25 – 50 euro’s
Discounts for CJP, Student card, Rotterdampas

Language and duration

Poets will read their work in their own language. Translations in English and Dutch will be presented simultaneously through projections. 

Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
Partners
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère