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FILOCAFÉ 2018 - 2019

7 October 2018 - 7 April 2019

FILOCAFÉ 2018 - 2019

Opening hours: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

With the arrival of autumn, we are launching a new edition of our filocafé in the CGAC, in collaboration with the Galician Association of Critics. The event will take place on the first Sunday of every month, at 6:30 p.m. (from October to April) in the CGAC café.

Filocafés are public discussions in which anybody interested in exchanging thoughts or points of view, on any knowledge area or level, can participate. The sessions will be run by professionals from different disciplines, such as Encarna Otero (Galician feminist wanting to change the world, with a quest for observation), Nicasio Gradaille (musician and teacher), Román Padín (specialist in museums and fashion), Gena Baamonde (stage designer and director) and Emma Pedreira (narrator and poet).

The formula we have come up with for the filocafés consists of taking an artwork from the CGAC Collection out of storage to use it as a prop for discussion and a focal point of debate. The chosen piece will be used as a starting point. Nevertheless, we will not only talk about art, but also about other matters that the work suggests, on thematic, conceptual, formal or anecdotal levels. We can talk about science, gastronomy, politics, music, cinema, aesthetics, current affairs... about the mundane or the transcendental, so that everybody who so wishes may have their say and add their thoughts to the topics that arise spontaneously, while enjoying a cup of coffee.


7 October. Encarna Otero, historian and politician

2 December. Nicasio Gradaille, teacher and musician

3 February. Román Padín, specialist in museums and fashion

3 March. Gena Baamonde, stage designer and director

7 April. Emma Pedreira, narrator and poet

ENCARNA OTERO (Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, 1950)

She is defined by her studies in France, her work and teaching vocation, her feminist militancy, her political work on nationalism, her work on the history of women (the women's album in the Equality Commission of the Culture Council), her literary activity—two books of illustrated stories edited by Galaxia—the documentary A luz do negro about the plight of women working with tungsten, and her condition as a woman of Compostela, both as a resident and the place where her heart is.

NICASIO GRANDAILLE (Neda, A Coruña, 1964)

He lives in Vigo, where he works as a teacher at the Advanced Music Conservatory, and is a pianist and founding member of the Contemporary Atlantic Workshop (TAC, in Spanish), of Santiago de Compostela. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Vigo with a thesis on John Cage's Concert for Piano. He recorded the Sonatas and Interludes of this North American composer for Radio Galega and has given seminars on his work for piano in various European conservatories, such as those in Ghent, Leeds, Vienna, Aveiro or London (Royal College of Music). Interested in contemporary music, he has participated in the festivals Via Stellae (Santiago de Compostela), Semana del Corpus (Lugo), Espazos Sonoros (Ourense, Vigo and Sada), Religious Music Week (Cuenca) or the International Music and Dance Festival (Granada). Gradaille was awarded first prize in the International Competition Xavier Montsalvatge (20th Century Music for Piano), of Girona, and in the National Competition Gregorio Baudot, of Ferrol.

ROMÁN PADÍN OTERO (Vilagarcía de Arousa, Pontevedra, 1966)

Bachelor of Law and Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Vigo, with the thesis ‘The articulation of fashion in the museum space at the turn of the millennium.’ He is a teacher at the Galician School of Fashion (ESDEMGA in Spanish) and has a Master in Design and Creative Direction in Fashion from the University of Vigo. He also collaborates in various newspapers, supplements and specialised magazines: among others, ‘Faro da Cultura’ (Faro de Vigo), El Correo Gallego, Mugalari, Gara, Serendipia and Artnotes.

MULLERONA (GENA BAAMONDE) (Ribeira, A Coruña, 1970)

Director, actor and creator. Graduate in Stage Direction, she completed postgraduate studies and has a Masters in Performing Arts. She is currently a predoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Vigo, where she is working on a thesis titled ‘Sexualidades de-xeneradas na práctica escénica contemporánea’ (De-generated sexualities in the contemporary stage environment). Associated for years with the Matarile Theatre, the Galán Theatre and the dance festival En Pé de Pedra, she founded the company María a Parva, where she directed and wrote the original script of the plays Mullerona, Xogo para nenas and Indignos. She has also been the director and playwright assistant in various productions of companies such as the Galician Drama Centre, Factoría, Disque Danza, A Artística, Helen Bertels or Voadora. She has recently directed the shows Elisa e Marcela, for A Panadaría Teatro; Señora que pasea pola rúa con dous cans preciosos, for the Matrioshka Teatro, and Nómades, for the company Xarope Tulú. She is going to develop her project Metodoloxías carroñeiras para corpos invertidos within the Residencias Paraíso programme of the RPM collective.

EMMA PEDREIRA (A Coruña, 1978)

She has a degree in Hispanic Philology, and is a Galician-language writer. She is part of the feminist critic platform A Sega. As a poet, she belongs to the so-called Generation of the Nineties and her work includes more than poetic works, among them s/t, O libro das mentiras or the recent Antídoto, published in a bilingual Galician-Spanish edition by Alvarellos Editora. In 2017, one of the poems included in this anthology was considered the Best Poem in the World and awarded the Jovellanos Poetry Prize. As a narrator, she cultivates short forms in micro-story books, such as Corazón e demais tripas or Bibliópatas e fobólogos. The latter earned her the Spanish Critics Award in the section on Galician language narrative in 2018. She also received the Xerais Novel Prize for Besta do seu sangue and the Poetry Prize Fiz Vergara Vilariño for As voces ágrafas, three of our greatest literary awards.


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