The general director of Culture of the Xunta, Ángel M. Lorenzo, inaugurated today in Gaiás, on International Archives Day, the exhibition Constellation Light. Luz Pozo Garza (1922-2022), poetry, art and lifeone of the main activities with which the Autonomous Government celebrates the centenary of the birth of one of the most outstanding Galician poets of the 20th century.
The exhibition, which can be visited in the lobby of the Archive and Library of Galicia, in the Cidade da Cultura, until October 17, aims to spread the legacy left by Luz Pozo Garza, a versatile woman who was the first Galician to be proposed for a Nobel Prize winner, member of the Royal Galician Academy, promoter and director of literary magazines and teacher of Spanish Language and Literature in secondary education.
Curated by Olivia Rodríguez, full professor at the Faculty of Philology at the Universidade da Coruña, the exhibition brings together around 100 pieces, mainly from the documentary and bibliographic collection made easy by the poet herself in 2016 at the Archive and Library of Galicia.
The representative of the Ministry of Culture, Education, Vocational Training and University emphasized this fact, highlighting “the great privilege that a poet as renowned as Luz Pozo Garza has decided in life that her rich archive and library have been guarded by the Xunta de Galicia, allowing us to show his legacy to the public, as we do by organizing this exhibition with which we celebrate, in addition to the centenary of his birth, the International Archives Day”.
Personal correspondence and drafts of his work
The expository speech of Constellation Light. Luz Pozo Garza (1922-2022), poetry, art and life It runs through ten showcases where documents are shown accompanied by panels where poems are collected and a chronological narration to contextualize the author’s life and artistic career.
The exhibition brings together around 100 pieces including documents, books, magazines, collages or drawings, which are completed with other audiovisual resources. Among the works are the personal letters of prominent figures of Spanish and Galician literature such as Vicente Aleixandre and Ramón Otero Pedrayo, or the original drafts of their creations.
To the documentary collection of the Archive and Library of Galicia, donated by Luz Pozo Garza, we must add in this exhibition the pieces from other individuals and public and private institutions such as the Royal Galician Academy, the Galician Culture Council or the Manuel Maria, among others.
The Secretary General for Language Policy, Valentín García, also participated in the event, and they were accompanied by the Deputy Director General for Archives and Museums, Mª Carmen Calviño; Olivia Rodríguez, curator of the exhibition, and Gonzalo Vázquez, representing the family of the honoree.
International Archives Week
Every June 9, International Archives Day is celebrated around the world to commemorate the creation on that date of the International Council on Archives. This non-governmental organization, founded under the auspices of UNESCO, promotes the preservation and use of archives throughout the world.
On the occasion of this celebration, the Xunta, in addition to inaugurating the exhibition in the Archive of Galicia, organizes this week a program with more than a dozen activities at the headquarters of the Archive of the Kingdom of Galicia, the Provincial Historical Archive of Lugo, the Provincial Historical Archive of Ourense and the Provincial Historical Archive of Pontevedra.
In addition, the Archive of Galicia organizes on June 21, at the Neira Vilas Auditorium, in the Cidade da Cultura, a day that delves into the figure of Luz Pozo Garza with a conference by Xesús Alonso Montero, Professor of Galician Literature, and a round table with the participation of Olivia Rodríguez, professor of Philology; Xosé María Álvarez Cáccamo, writer, and Claudio Rodríguez Fer, poet.
Attendance at this conference is free, prior registration on the website cidadedacultura.gal.
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The Xunta celebrates the centenary of the first Galician poet nominated for a Nobel Prize by exhibiting her personal collections donated to the Archive of Galicia