Yesterday Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Library opened the exhibition Illustrated books by Women with a tour and meeting with several of the authors. A personal journey through the universe of 29 women from around the world that found in the artist book their own language: desktop publishing and very limited run, unique specimens hand illustrated or printed, fonts exclusively created, drop-down boxes, accordions …
Julia Pelletier, commissioned by the Library of the organization and voice of the illustrated book for adults with the Festival Como Pedro por mi casa, has prepared a selection based on her personal admiration for the authors and the love they have for the craft of books. Works inspired by travel and animals, micropoems and journals, authors in prison, crushes between letters or meetings in a bar, have been collected by Pelletier taking a small step towards the disclosure of such uncommon materials.
Because all transcend “real life” and leave the ground to make these wonderful volumes. Javiera or Georgina open their wings and flying tours move around the map pocket of a whale. Monica stamps rain and Espe travels Iceland to Greece reading Marguerite Duras or the myth of the flying fish. Also Pia, who worships mangroves and traces the history of fashion through the evolution of her beloved birds of paradise. Or Ximena, who articulates Ajo‘s micropoems in the arms of a joiner strip. Raquel invents an own fauna and make fantastic zoology treaties, while Stella externalizes her inner process and makes more of a personal encyclopedia. Julia creates books to be read and listened and Steph takes us on her shoes. Esther tells the story of love between the a and the e and Cecilia sends regards for the characters who wander on translucent paper. They explained it to us in the preamble of the visit, limited by the glass cages, unable to feel the beat of their works and display the pages of these birds captivated in showcases for exposure.
On the second floor, Valeria Brancaforte”s work waited. This self-taught artist arrived to the artist book from her passion for Slavic languages and fascinated by the appearance of Cyrillic typography. We admired samples of her books (for each of them she creates a new lettering) that pay homage to Tolstoy, Shakespeare and the poet Marcos Ana, who lived 23 years in jail while Franco. Literary and aesthetic inclinations that come to life through the linoleum. Touched by the surprise of the first copy, after the slow gestation and make of decisions regarding languages, formats or compositions, Valeria makes books from the heart and with sincerity, to be read so as to be exposed.
The exhibition can be visited until March 10 and to know a little better these artists, Javiera Pintocanales has prepared an online catalog for the occasion, which can be downloaded here.