‘Translate Yourself’: Talk by Eben Venter

Translate Yourself

Groningen | 23 September 2019

You are kindly invited to the following talk by renowned South African author, Eben Venter, on 23 September from 18:30 – 19:45 in the context of Week van de Afrikaanse Roman, and in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen and the Chair in South African Literature, Culture, and History (University of Amsterdam).

“The relationship between the text and the photographs is . . . oblique: it is as oblique as the word for the colour blue in Xhosa, luhlaza okwesibhakabhaka, the literal meaning of which is ‘green as the sky’; it is also as oblique as the translation of the sexual experience into words.” – from Eben Venter’s “Artist Statement”

“Translate Yourself” – this is Eben Venter’s provocative invitation to his lecture, reading, and highly praised photographic exhibition. The 49 photographs he will display were the inspiration for his most recent novel, Green As the Sky is Blue, which was published in 2018. An audacious exploration of sexuality, translation, and the experience of exile, Green As the Sky is Blue puts Eben Venter, who is a celebrated author in Afrikaans, among a select few writers who have written literary fiction in more than one language.

Eben Venter is the author of ten works of fiction in addition to Green As the Sky is Blue. Those translated into Dutch include Ik Stamel Ik Sterwe and Dans aan het einde van de dag. Having left South Africa in 1986, Eben Venter lives on the East Coast of Australia.

When: Monday 23 September, 18:30 – 19:45

Where: Expositieruimte, Ground Floor Harmoniegebouw, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (next to the Marie Loke Zaal)

For questions, please e-mail: Margriet van der Waal (m.c.van.der.waal@rug.nl)