As Silvia Hopenhayn said when she opened this space, it is about conversing: versing together, putting something together. The conversation is about several reflections: how to deal with social issues through creation and individual creative processes. How do we deal with the gender issue from what the culture imposes and also from our own personal experience? The talk also addresses our relationship with death’s multiple dimensions as well as poetry’s. We are facing two women whose production has an undeniable power, it interrupts the issue's depiction and its symbolization. Their work’s vital forces first emerge in their bodies, as emotions, sensations or perceptions and then they materialize as creative writing . They are affected and therefore they affect their environment by unfolding the force of the vulnerable.
The talk ends with a brief reading of each other's texts: Maruja reads Melanie's poems: "Movimiento", "Una canción" and "sintaxis enmudecida" translated from German by Carla Natalia Imbrogno. Melanie reads two fragments of "Potencia Gutierrez" translated into English by Simon Scardfield.
Melanie Gruetter Katz studied social psychology and German literature at the Leibniz University in Hanover and did her doctorate on gender as a category of knowledge: on female violent murder, media and the law at the University of Basel. Melanie Katz works as poet, journalist, artist and scientist. As scientist she works under the name Melanie Grütter. Her intersectional work brings science and art togoether and focusses on topics like Gender, beauty and the concept of the body, reception of nature and language, loneliness and others. She is the initiator of the lyrical project "The Lonely Funeral" in the german speaking part of Switzerland and runs the "Poetry Consultation“. Her poetry is currently translated into 3 Languages. Her work has been funded several times and she won several prices, at least she was honoured by the Literature Kommission of the City of Zurich. Currently, she is Associated Fellow at the Institute of the Culture of the alps and researches on plant knowledge and she is work on a new poetry book and dances Tango Argentino since 16 years.
Maruja Bustamante is an actor, director, perfomer. She writes theatre. She has taken part in more than 50 plays, alternating roles and different circuits. She directed and acted in Teatro Nacional Cervantes and Teatro General San Martín, as well as in more than 15 theatres of the frindge circuit of the city of Buenos Aires. She travelled with her plays around Argentina and other countries such as Spain, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil and Costa Rica. Always a curious person, she trained with teachers she admires: Helena Tritek, Vivi Tellas, Graciela Dufau, Mariela Scafati, Tanika Gupta, Gabriela Bejerman, Luz Peuscovich and Alicia Romero. She studied playwriting at the EMAD, film at the Universidad del Cine and took part in the Royal Court Latin America Fellowship for Playwrights. In 2014 her first anthology of plays -Hija Boba y otras obras- was published by Blatt&Rios and since 2015 she has worked as a consultant for the Performing Arts at the Ricardo Rojas Cultural Centre of the University of Buenos Aires.
Silvia Hopenhayn is an Argentinean writer and cultural journalist. She attended high school in Geneva, Switzerland and returned to Argentina in 1981. She studied Literature and Communication at the University of Buenos Aires, and later worked as a translator, cultural journalist and literary critic in different international and Argentinean media. She is the author of several books of short stories, novels and literary essays. Her novels “Elecciones primarias” and “Ginebra” (2018), her latest book published by Alfaguara, reveal an Argentine historical process through the eyes of a girl under military dictatorship, and then a teenager in exile. Her new novel "Vengo a buscar las herramientas" will be published this year. She has given lectures and master classes in the Salón Dorado of the Teatro Colón, in the CCK and in the MALBA Museum. She currently gives Reading Workshops and Seminars at MALBA, at the Alliance Française and her own "Clásicos no tan clásicos" (@clasicosnotanclasicos.com). She is a writer and columnist every Saturday in the newspaper Perfil. She has also hosted several television programmes devoted to literature.