Giorgos Koropoulis talks about Nikos Engonopoulos
With the Jannis Psychopedis exhibition as a starting point, the series of lectures focusing on major Greek poets and their work continue at the SNFCC through the eyes of a different distinguished speaker each month.
In November, writer and columnist Giorgos Koropoulis attempts a fresh reading of the poetry of Nikos Engonopoulos. The preeminent exponent of the Surrealist movement in Greece, alongside Andreas Embirikos, Nikos Engonopoulos divided his life between two art forms: poetry and painting. Giorgos Koropoulis traces the exciting fusion of the modernity of surrealism and the folk tradition in Engonopoulos’s poetry: medieval romances with folk rhymes, Konstantinos Dapontes and Hadji Sehreti, Cavafy and Embirikos, next to a nonsensical sense of humor that never fails to reinforce his lyricism. The quest for total freedom, stretching poetic license to the limit, in his subversive verses in fact harnesses huge memory reserves: an almost forgotten tradition that both restrains and empowers the freedom of his poetry.
Simultaneous translation into the Greek Sign Language will be provided.
Wednesday 20/11 | 19.00-21.00