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Portraying the absence | Pablo Neruda at Instituto Cervantes, Dublin


Date(s) - 26/09/2019 - 12/10/2019
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Instituto Cervantes Dublin





The first show in Dublin of Chilean photographer Luis Poirot presents a selection of 20 images from his project “Portraying the Absence. Pablo Neruda”. A moving photographic journey through his writing to enable us to rediscover the singular relationship of the author with the world around him.

The exhibition portrays memories of the poet in its different facets in an approach that emerged in 1969, when the photographer met him personally. Subsequently, in 1982, when his widow, Matilde Urrutia, returned to Chile, she proposed to record with his camera the house in Isla Negra. For two years the photographer repeated his visits to Chile. This is the way the book “Neruda, Absence and Presence” emerged. A selection of images from this body of work will be displayed at this show by the Embassy of Chile in Ireland in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes in Dublin.

Luis Poirot (Santiago de Chile, 1940) has been a photographer since 1964. He has worked for the press and publishing houses in Chile, France and Spain (1965-1995). As well as running photography workshops, he has worked for TV, cinema and theatre. His photography is part of international public collections such as the ones at Santiago de Chile’s Museum of Fine Arts and the National Library in Chile, the National Museum Reina Sofía (Madrid), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona and the IVAM (Spain).


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