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Recoleta. Borges-Kafka Meeting in Buenos Aires

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The vulture

Franz Kafka
There was a vulture that pecked at my feet. He had already torn my shoes and stockings and now was pecking at my feet. He always threw a peck, flew in restless circles around and then continued his work. A man passed by, he looked at us for a while and asked me why I tolerated the vulture.
  —I’m helpless —told him—, he came and started to peck me, I wanted to scare him and I even thought to twist his neck, but these animals are very strong and he wanted to jump to my face. I preferred to sacrifice the feet: now they are almost shattered  “Do not let yourself be tormented,” said the lord, “a shot and the vulture is over.”
  —Do you want to take care of the matter?— I asked him.
 “Enchanted,” said the lord; I just have to go home to get my rifle, can you wait half an hour more?
   “I do not know,” I answered, and for a moment I was stiff with pain; then I added: please try anyway.”
  “Well,” said the gentleman, “I'm going to hurry.
   The vulture had listened quietly to our dialogue and had let his eyes wander between me and the lord. Now I saw that he had understood everything: he flew a little, stepped back to get the necessary impetus and like an athlete throwing the javelin he fit the peak into my mouth, deeply. When falling backwards I felt like a liberation; that in my blood, which filled all the depths and that flooded all the riverbanks, the vulture irreparably was drawning.

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In commemorating the 80th anniversary of the death of Franz Kafka, the Czechoslovak and Argentine governments decided to hold a show in honor of the two extraordinary writers of their respective countries, and the Recoleta Cultural Center was chosen as the venue for this purpose. Then, the exhibitors were invited to a private reception in the halls of the Czechoslovak Embassy.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bust of the founder of El Universo, Ismael Perez Pazmiño. Participants Ares (Cuba), Boligán (Mexico), Horacio Cardo (Argentina), Hernan Vidal, “Hervi” (Chile), Julio Cesar Gonzalez, “Matador” (Colombia), Plantu (France), Paulo Caruso (Brazil), Matt Wuerter (USA), and Ecuadorians Asrúbal de la Torre (Hoy), Xavier Bonilla, “Bonil” (El Universo, Vistazo), Pancho Cajas (El Comercio), Marcelo Chamorro (Vanguardia and La Hora), and Luis Ibarra (Expreso).

Bust of the founder of El Universo, Ismael Perez Pazmiño. Participants
Ares (Cuba), Boligán (Mexico), Horacio Cardo (Argentina), Hernan Vidal, “Hervi” (Chile), Julio Cesar Gonzalez, “Matador” (Colombia), Plantu (France), Paulo Caruso (Brazil), Matt Wuerter (USA), and Ecuadorians Asrúbal de la Torre (Hoy), Xavier Bonilla, “Bonil” (El Universo, Vistazo), Pancho Cajas (El Comercio), Marcelo Chamorro (Vanguardia and La Hora), and Luis Ibarra (Expreso).

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at the Catholic University of Guayaquil, with the participation of the journalists: Boligán (El Universal, Mexico), Bonil (El Universo, Ecuador) and Cardo (Clarin, Argentina), commenced a series of meetings on the topic of freedom of expression when attacked by the governments of some Latin American countries. This was organized by the newspaper El Universo to celebrate its 90thanniversary, due next September 16, 2011.
  On behalf of the newspaper, with the same humor with which he faces life, he led all the charismatic and talented Javier Bonilla (Bonil). Trained in the Social Sciences and Politics, his passion for graphic journalism overflowed and made him start profusely to publish in the media of Ecuador, work that was recognized in 2011 when he received the prestigious "Award of Excellence" to the cartoon awarded by IAPA, Inter-American Press Association, in Lima. His work is remarkably broad. It usually ranges from topics such as those exposed, to commentaries on books, authors and writers (in the Rocinante section), everyday life or the internet (in Nuestro mundo y Vamos), or economics (in Gestión).
  To emphazise the concept of the event, both the Alliance Francaise and the Embassy of France in Ecuador, organised that Jean Plantu (columnist of Le Monde, Paris)  could participate and that the meeting would be held under the auspices of Cartooning for Peace, founded in 2008 at the request of Kofi Annan, then Secretary General of the United Nations.   Two other embassies were involved in  this event: the Brazilian, which enabled that Paulo Caruso (Epoca magazine) could attend, and the United States, which encouraged the visit of Matt Wuerker (Pulizter Prize Award recipient, cartoonist of the digital newspaper “Politico”.
   Over one hundred works were exhibited at the Crystal Palace. After the opening, the exhibitors mingled with the crowds, having pictures taken with them, signing autographs and making drawings for the people.

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Words of the participants cited by the press

“We live in a very confusing world. Paradoxically, we have access to internet, but we are less informed than before, which becomes another form of obscurantism. In this context, humor is a tool to avoid neurosis.” (Matador).
   “Our role is to denounce the attacks with symbolic images, known regionally or globally. The public recognizes the drawing and interprets what it all is about.” (Boligán)
   “I wonder why they chose Tony Curtis (american actor) as president (he laughs, referring to Rafael Correa), because he is another different biotype from his people, that makes the game of populism. Freedom is like breathing, if you stop it, you die” (Paulo Caruso).
   “In terms of the communication media, none expresses  complete freedom of opinion, because each expounds the interests of the owner, in the same way that a government owned media will never criticize it” (Aristides Hernandez, “Ares”, Cuba).
   “You tend to think that only governments or right-wing dictatorships are repressive, but it is not. Populist governments do exactly the same” (Hernán Vidal, La Tercera, Chile).
   “In Ecuador, the government says that there is no freedom of speech because there are no political prisoners, but it has said that the press is calling for a Coup. As President Rafael Correa can express his ideas through the media and make speeches, he divulges his lies so that by repetition these be considered to be the absolute truth” (Xavier Bonilla, “Bonil”, Ecuador).
   “There are governments that have reached agreements between the extremes, right and left. The cartoon, a cry of rebellion, cannot die despite a limited freedom of speech” (Pancho Cajas, El Comercio, Ecuador).
   “Freedom of expression as part of human rights is a struggle undertaken every day. Cartoonists know where democracy falters. I came to Ecuador to enrich the experience of my colleagues” (Jean Plantureux, “Plantu”, Le Monde, France).
   “It is ridiculous that a democratically elected leader will call itself revolutionary. By definition, revolution is a radical change or transformation, generally violent and deep, against the prevailing state of affairs.  Whom does this Sr. Correa exert his revolution against, those who voted for him?” (Horacio Cardo, Clarin, Argentina).


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Painting award in Navarro

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The most documented versions indicate that the city of Navarro was named in tribute to Captain Miguel Navarro, to whom Juan de Garay grants in charge the indian chief  Pibisque (or Chivilque) with all his Indians. From this fact, some historians deduce that the Navarro lagoon took its name from that official too. San Lorenzo refers to the patron under whose advocation the Guard was placed and then the party.
   From then on, the town grows. In 1866, another legendary character settled down in the place: Juan Moreira, personal custody of Dr. Valentín Alsina, who in 1867 kills the defiant alsinista José Leguizamón in a cruel duel in Olazo’s bar, located where the Banco Nación is placed today, only to die shortly after at the hands of a military party in Lobos, on April 30 of that same year. A violent birth, that of the town of Navarro, that does not agree with the current bucolic and peaceful life of today’s town, strongly moved by culture.
    “Navarro village of Moreira, Navarro tomb of Dorrego ...” (Zamba de Navarro), “in the face of all adversity, with courage and faith, without retreating”, continues forward. In 1889 the Civil Registry began to operate, in 1898 the railroad from Lobos began, and in 1906 the hospital was built.
   It would be more than a century after, in 2010, that the joint effort of the Cultural Institute of the Province of Buenos Aires and the Municipality of Navarro, made possible the creation of the First Biennial of Painting Lucio Correa Morales, named in honor of the famous pioneer sculptor of that discipline in Argentina, born in 1852 and died in 1923, who, thanks to a scholarship granted by President Sarmiento, could travel to Florence to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Upon his return, and parallel to his activity as a sculptor, Correa Morales taught at the University of Buenos Aires.
   The jury of this first biennial, integrated by Rubén Betbeder, Director of Visual Arts and Director of the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts of the Cultural Institute of the Province of Buenos Aires; Víctor Fernández, prominent artist and curator of the Quinquela Martin Museum, and renowned Argentinean painter Hugo
   Sbernini, with a valuable career in the country and in the world, accompanied by the prestigious sculptor Inés Vega, advicer of the Directorate of Municipal Culture.
With the presence of local authorities, among them the Major Alfredo Castellari, representatives of the culture of the province of Buenos Aires, Iván Hernández Larguía, grandson of the pioneer of

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Argentine sculpture, Lucio Correa Morales, born in Navarro, the Director of Culture, Graciela Garaventa de Jordán, artists andpublic, on Thursday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m., in the Parish Hall adjoining the Municipal Palace, the awards ceremony was held.
    Horacio Cardo, artist from Pinamar, painter and illustrator, was the winner of the first prize, and his work received the admiration of all those present. The second prize went to Andrés Caravelli. The young artist chosen was Juan Manuel Fiuza. The mentions of the prestigious jury were for Juan Carlos Diotti, Nahuel Poggi, Maria Cecilia Gelsi, Sebastian Pastorino, Mariela Vita,  and Cristian Amézcua.

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Meeting of artists in Istambul

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Celebrating its twenty sixth aniversary, the Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition, an international institution, renowned for emphasizing throughout its trajectory the importance of freedom of expression, awarded in 2009, 15 distinctions for works selected amongst 3127 drawings of 1116 artists from 85 countries, inviting the selected artists to Istanbul. 
   Istanbul is the biggest city in Turkey.  It was called Byzantium until 330, then Constantinople (¨City of Constantine¨, in Arabic), until 1930 when it was officially named Istanbul.  Its name is originated from Greek Eis Tin Poli, since it was the Greeks, who called Constantinople ¨The City¨. Unesco declared World Heritage Site to Istanbul’s historical areas in 1985 and in 2010 it was expected to be declared the Cultural Capital of Europe.  The outstanding organization of the graphic humor contest which has more history than all the others nowadays, is not however, its only activity.
  The foundation has dedicated, since 1996, to sponsor and promote the improvement of public health, education, scientific research, sports and economy.

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   Named after its founder, Aydin Dogan, one of the most prosperous businessmen in Turkey, born in Kelkit in 1936.
  “The commitment of the Aydin Dogan Foundation to recognize, support and promote the graphic-political commentary and the cartoon is absolutely remarkable and has been a kind of epiphany come true for those of us who devote our lives to this job “Patrick Oliphant, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning, in 1967”, and  renowned graphic humorist, commented.
   We were greeted with a welcoming cocktail and then dinner at the magnificent Armada Hotel, where we stayed.  As from the following day, we participated of a series of visits to the city’s different icons:  The Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the exquisite Santa Sofía church, the Great Bazaar, The Spices Bazaar and Kadir Has University, where we held a meeting with the students of Art and we interacted with them, drawing in big panels after lunch.
   It was my first visit to Turkey and it could not be more shocking. Not in vain had it been the capital of the Ottoman Empire -دولتعالیهعثمانیه-, almost as vast as the Roman and it remained at the center of the interactions between the East and the West for six centuries.
  The first phase of the Ottoman expansion took place under the rule of Osman I (1288-1326) and continued in the reigns of Orkhan, Murad I and Beyazid I, at the expense of the territories of the Byzantine Empire, Bulgaria and Serbia. Bursa fell under his rule in 1326 and Adrianople in 1361.

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Geniouses of Knowledge (Sunday, November 18, 2007)

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On Saturday, September 24, 2007, the newspaper El Mundo, of Madrid, together with the Planeta publishing house, of Barcelona, Spain, began to publish the collection “The geniuses of knowledge”, of books of great thinkers, magnificently designed by Carlos Rúa, of Trapping S.L.  ..The objective was to increase the circulation of the newspaper on Sundays, an objective that was widely achieved and moved the newspaper to continue with the books, extending the collection to politicians and celebrities, making a total of sixty something drawings.

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Spread announcing the first one of the books

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