Thursday, December 07, 2006

Eloísa Cartonera

"Eloísa Cartonera"
“Eloísa Cartonera” , is a non-profitable, social and community-related artistic project settled in Buenos Aries, Argentina. The central office is a cardboard store – a place where cardboard and paper is sold – named “No hay cuchillo sin Rosas” (“There’s no knife without Roses”). There, cardboard collectors exchange ideas with artists and writers. The cardboard collector is exclusively a South American phenomenon. (To understand the concept, they are unemployed people who are excluded from the labor and commercial system because they do not have educational resources or because they do not belong to a social class. That is why they pick up cardboard and paper around the city. The next step is to sell them. Then, most of the paper and cardboard is recycled and sold again. Many times there are entire families working as cardboard collectors).
Eloísa Cartonera is in the search of inventing its own esthetic, more open-minded, trying to cause a reciprocal learning and stimulated by the creativity. One of the ways of achieving these yearnings was the creation of a special publishing house. Books with cardboard covers are edited there. The covers are made of the cardboard that was collected in the streets. These books are painted by hand by the kids who leave the cardboard collection job when they start working in the project. Unknown, border and vanguard material of Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Brazil and Peru is published. The premise of this publishing house is to make Latin American authors known. Cardboard is bought at $1.50 a kilo when it is usually paid $0.30. The kids have an income of $3 per hour (1 American Dollar) for carrying out these tasks. The project tends to generate more genuine manpower supported by the selling of books. There is no other way of financing this project.
None of the characters are alike and it is the same with the covers of the books. The covers are painted by hand, with temperas and paintbrush. This gives an artistic value to the work. EloÍsa has a catalogue of authors who are worldwide renowned: Previously unpublished literature (texts given by authors who support the project) of Ricardo Piglia, Cesar Aira, Gonzalo Milan (Chile), Luis Chavez (Costa Rica) and many others. The catalogue is Latin American: Basically, there are authors from Peru, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. In some cases, the texts are not unpublished material but material that was out of circulation a long time ago like some poetry books of the Chilean author Enrique Lihn. This project has already started in Lima and Rio de Janeiro.

"Eloísa Cartonera" site.

"Eloísa cartonera"
"Eloísa Cartonera" , es un proyecto artístico, social y comunitario sin fines de lucro establecido en Buenos Aires, Argentina. Una cartonería - lugar de compra y venta de cartones y palería - llamada "No hay cuchillo sin Rosas", es su sede, donde cartoneros cruzan ideas con artistas y escritores. Los cartoneros son un fénomeno netamente sudamericano. (Para aclarar la cuestión , son personas que tras estar desempleados y no poseer recursos tanto educativos como de pertenencia de clase, quedan excluídos del sistema comercial laboral. Es por eso que realizan un trabajo de recolección de cartones y papeles por las ciudades para su posterior venta. Muchos de estos papeles son comercializados nuevamente al ser reciclados. Muchas veces trabajan como cartoneros familias enteras).
Eloísa Cartonera busca inventar una estética propia, desprejuiciada de los orígenes de cada participante, intentando provocar un mutuo aprendizaje, estimulada por la creatividad. Una de las formas de concretar estos anhelos, fue la creación de una editorial especial: se editan libros con tapas de cartón comprado a cartoneros en la vía pública, pintados a mano por chicos que dejan de ser cartoneros cuando trabajan en el proyecto. Se publica material inédito, border y de vanguardia, de Argentina, Chile, México, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Brasil,y Perú; Es premisa editorial difundir a autores latinoamericanos. El cartón se compra a $1,50 el kilo, cuando habitualmente se paga $0,30. La realización de estas tareas les representa a los chicos un ingreso de $3 la hora de trabajo. El proyecto pretende generar mano de obra genuina, sustentada en la venta de libros.
No posee financiación de ningún otro tipo. Ninguna tipografía es igual a otra, tanto como ninguna tapa de libro de la editorial lo es. Las tapas se pintan a mano, con témpera y pincel dandole un valor artístico a la obra realizada. Eloisa posee un catálogo de autores de gran reconocimiento internacional; Literatura totalmente inédita (textos cedidos por autores que apoyan el proyecto) de Ricardo Piglia, César Aira, Gonzalo Millán (Chile), Luis Chaves (Costa Rica) y muchos otros. El catálogo es latinoamericano: hay sobre todo autores de Perú, Chile, Brasil, Uruguay y Argentina. En algunos casos no son textos inéditos pero sí son obras que estaban fuera de circulación hace tiempo, como son algunos libros de poesía del chileno Enrique Linh. Este proyecto ya se está reproduciendo en Lima y en Rio de Janeiro.

Site "Eloísa Cartonera"


Anonymous said...

Una notable iniciativa.

Nicolás F.A. Burón

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