Poet Slash Artist: Manchester International Festival brings together visual artists and poets

Co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Lemn Sissay, Poet Slash Artist shines a light on poets who interact with the visual arts and visual artists who connect through poetry. Among the main international artists featured in the exhibition are big names such as Tracey Emin, Inua Ellams, Imtiaz Dharker and the late Etel Adnan and Friederike Mayröcker.

Art and poetry have long gone hand in hand, however, the verses and prints of William Blake being one of the earliest and most notable examples. However, the two disciplines continue to feed off each other and provide unique opportunities for curators keen to bring culture to the public, as evidenced by Poet Slash Artist’s exhibitions.

Alongside a gallery presentation of the 21 artworks, limited edition A3 prints will also go on sale from today, so you can enjoy their words of wisdom and visual delights in comfort. of your home. Each high quality giclée print is limited to a run of 50-100, so if you want to order one for £50, make sure you don’t hang around to avoid disappointment.

Printed on Hahnemühle’s range of fine art and eco-friendly papers, each A3 print will come with Hahnemühle’s Certificate of Authenticity, complete with hologram stickers and matching edition numbers.

Hans Ulrich Obrist and Lemn Sissay say of the work on display: “They bring together art and poetry at a time when we need new forms of unity in this world… As Etel Adnan said, “The world needs unity, not separation. suspicion. A common future, not isolation.'”

The duo added, “The Poet Slash artists are angels of light. Manchester is the magnetic force that attracts these talents to this unique exhibition where the city itself becomes the gallery. The city of angles and angels.

And suppose you’re looking for even more interaction between poets and artists. If so, you’ll be delighted to hear that a second edition of the Poet Slash Artist exhibition will run until December 31, 2021. Presented by Kunsthal Charlottenborg, it will include 11 additional Danish poets/artists, exhibited in the streets , train stations and bus stops throughout Denmark.

Darcy J. Skinner