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IMMAGINE&POESIA is an international contemporary art movement that links images to the written word.[1]

The logo of the Movement
IMMAGINE&POESIA poster (2008) by Gianpiero Actis, Italy

Origin[change | change source]

It was founded at Alfa Teatro, Torino, Italy in 2007, by a small group of poets and artists including Aeronwy Thomas, Dylan Thomas's daughter, Lidia Chiarelli, Gianpiero Actis and others, who believe that the power of the written word and the power of visual image, when joined, create a new work which is not only greater than the parts, but changed and magnified by the union.

The American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the Italian artist Ugo Nespolo are members of IMMAGINE&POESIA’s Honorary Committee. Beverly Matherne, poet and a professor at the Northern Michigan University, is also a member of the movement. The official art critics of the movement are Mary Gorgy[2] and Enzo Papa.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti meets the representatives of IMMAGINE&POESIA in San Francisco, July 2013

Since its inception, IMMAGINE&POESIA has continued to grow. Hundreds of poets and artists from all over the world have participated, and the movement now reaches international audiences through the web, through international art exhibitions, and through a series of broadsides published by Cross-Cultural Communications in New York. Works from the several of the poets and artists of IMMAGINE&POESIA were presented at the International Poetry Festival in Swansea, Wales in June 2011. [3]

The official song of the Movement is Until the stars fall by Gavin Adam Wood, singer and songwriter from Cambridge, United Kingdom.[4]

The proclamation of The Manifesto of IMMAGINE&POESIA on the stage of Alfa Teatro, Torino, November 9, 2007

The Manifesto[change | change source]

The Manifesto has been translated into 28 languages. [5] It consists of 10 points. The fourth point suggests moments of cross fertilization for artists and poets: a painter can inspire a poet or a poetic composition may inspire the creation of an art work, the result is a new and complete form of art.[6]

Poems and painted cards made by IMMAGINE&POESIA members for Yoko Ono's Wish Tree, (installations at MoMA and Hirshhorn Museum)

Exhibitions[change | change source]

Since 2007 the Movement has organized poetry readings and exhibitions where images and words are closely connected. The most important have been in Italy, in the U.K. and in the U.S.A.

Official website[change | change source]

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Lidia Chiarelli Immagine & poesia - The Movement in Progress, Cross-Cultural Communications Edition, Merrick NY, 2013 - ISBN 978-0-89304-994-2

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