Interrogating the Future (Body) Through the Present (Plague)

13 May 2022
7:00 pm PT
The Broad Museum, DTLA
 With Museum Admission

One of the leading voices in experimental Spanish-language fiction” (The New York Times), celebrated Mexican novelist Mario Bellatin discusses writing as an extension of both the body physical and the body politic with David Shook, translator of the brand-new English translation of Beauty Salon, the allegory of plague that brought Bellatin his cult status for his singular literary vision. Written in 1994, this work of “unstoppable momentum…” that many have interpreted in relationship to the HIV/AIDS epidemic “lays bare the capacity of illness to ravage the body and strip the individual of identity” (BookForum) and speaks with disquieting immediacy as the globe reels from COVID-19. This conversation will be moderated by interviewer, curator, and Founding Executive Director of Onassis Los Angeles Paul Holdengräber. 

ASL/LSM interpretation provided by ProBono ASL. Co-presented with The Broad. Made possible by the support of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

The in-person program is fully reserved. Tune in for the free livestream here.

Paul Holdengraber headshot
Paul Holdengräber
Mario Bellatin headshot
Mario Bellatin
David Shook headshot
Shook (David Shook)