Kevin Dwan brings his poetry collection, ‘Twenty 7’ along with his accompanying exhibition to the Sean Hollywood Center on January 10th 2019.
The collection comprises twenty poems that Kevin wrote between 2009 – 2016, during which time he has been a regular presence on the Dublin spoken word scene, as well as having performed at a number of festivals including Longitude, Valentia Festival and Shakefest and also having had material published in Headstuff among other publications. The collection is made up of themes such as love, betrayal and lust, culminating in the realisation that we are all on this journey together.
For the exhibition of the book, Kevin commissioned a collection of prints by Indonesian artist Ian Pasig, which will be on display in the Sean Hollywood Centre. For each poem in the collection, Kevin designed a corresponding illustrative concept, which Ian skillfully realized in the form of Manga prints that are featured in the book beside each poem.
Discussing why he decided to add this multi-disciplinary aspect to the collection, Kevin explains ‘I wanted another way for people to get into the poems. I felt there was a potential to get under the skin of the themes. Manga’s an enjoyable style – its got a magical aspect that I think resonates with a lot of what I talk about in the poems. It seemed a natural partnership.’
The book itself is handcrafted by Kevin in both a softback version and a hardback version constructed from plywood, glue and rivets, to reflect his DIY ethic.
The exhibition and poetry collection will launch in the Sean Hollywood Centre at 7pm, and the exhibition itself will run for one month from the 10th of January to the 10th of February. Wine reception and poetry performance.