Pablo Helguera on his love of used books, dying languages and his use of poetic license.
Themes of language, translation, and polyphonic voice are prevalent in the conceptual and socially engaged art practice of Pablo Helguera, particularly his projects The School of Panamerican Unrest and Librería Donceles, which is on view at Kent Fine Art through November 8, 2013.
Kathleen MacQueen Can you tell me about the Librería Donceles and how it came about?
Pablo Helguera Librería Donceles has autobiographical origins. I grew up surrounded by books; there is a certain comfort in being surrounded by walls of books that I cannot fully describe. There is a Borgesian fascination with the labyrinth of books and the imaginary conversations that one has with different tomes—a dialogue through the ages—but to me, books are inextricably linked to those who have owned them.