Cat Miller and Rafael Morales will collaborate on a pamphlet of poems featuring translations in different languages. The pamphlet will feature a poem written by Cat Miller, entitled: ‘Holiness of the Heart’ which was inspired by a quote by John Keats, who famously stated: ‘I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of Imagination’, in a letter to his best friend Bailey.
Holiness of the Heart was originally written in 2009 after seeing the film ‘Bright Star’ (2009), directed by Jane Campion. The poem was translated into French in 2013, further translated into Spanish in 2015 and more recently translated into Italian in December 2018 and January 2019. Leonardo Axuni will also translate the poem into P’urhépecha, an indigenous dialect from Michoacan, Mexico.
Language is pivotal in the areas of human rights protection, good governance, peace building, reconciliation, and sustainable development. 2019 is celebrated by UNESCO as the International Year of Indigenous Language:
‘It is through language that we communicate with the world, define our identity, express our history and culture, learn, defend our human rights and participate in all aspects of society, to name but a few.
Through language, people preserve their community’s history, customs and traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking, meaning and expression. They also use it to construct their future.’
The pamphlet will be accompanied by an an A1 Concrete Poetry Diptych, designed and directed by Cat Miller inspired by one of her all time favourite quotes by Luciano De Crescenzo: “We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another”. The piece will feature a pair of Angel Wings made from printed newsprint paper feathers, featuring the Holiness of the Heart poem in black and white for the English translation on one wing, and in red and white for the Spanish translation on the other wing; symbolising the UK – Mexican coming together for the Camaradas collaboration. View the piece insitu HERE:
This publication will be launched and presented at three special events in the UK from March onwards, celebrating 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Language by UNESCO.
• ‘Camaradas Art Competition UK – Mexico’ in London organized by the Mexican Embassy in the UK,
• ‘Bookmarks’ in Edinburgh organized by Edinburgh College of Art,
• ‘BABE’ in Bristol organized by University of the West of England.
READ THE HOLINESS OF THE HEART POEM HERE:
Holiness of the Heart – French / Spanish / Italian Translations