Big Bang imagined

Severo Sarduy (1937-1993) was one of the most important Cuban writers of the 20th century and one of the representative figures of the Latin American neo-baroque. Even so, his extensive literary legacy is little known among the citizens of some countries.

In 1973 he wrote «Big Bang», a work composed of seventeen literary pieces. In them two types of texts coexist: the scientific and the poetic. In the latter, Sarduy uses astronomical terms as metaphors to induce poetic eroticism. Pieces X and XI contain stelar graphics instead of text.

The purpose of the «Big Bang imagined» project is, on the one hand, to interpret the pieces of «Big Bang» through photography and, on the other, to contribute to the dissemination of Severo Sarduy's poetry. Each of the seventeen images that make it up is inspired by a piece from «Big Bang». The photographs capture small drops of oil poured into water, illuminated with polychromatic light and photographed with a macro lens. The choice of these fluids is intentional, with the purpose of generating circular or elliptical figures. Both forms suggest celestial bodies and are present in the collection of poems by Severo Sarduy, who uses geometry to create poetic spaces. Each photograph is accompanied by the title and the fragment of the «Big Bang» piece that inspired it, both in quotes.

The holding of this exhibition in 2023 creates a link with the Sarduyan poetry of 1973 in a quinquagenarian temporary space, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the original edition of «Big Bang».

The use of quotes from «Big Bang» (Severo Sarduy, 1973) is authorized by Mercedes Sarduy, President of the Severo Sarduy Cultural Foundation and owner of the copyright of this literary work.

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