In the middle of our walk of life, I found myself within a forest dark. For the straightforward
pathway has been lost. – Dante, The Divine Comedy
Similar to a dense and dark forest is the thick fog of dreams. Entering this territory means
to cross a threshold and enter a realm of unconsciousness and symbolic language. This is
unknown territory, yet tales which feel familiar drift from here and into the conscious mind.
In the fourth iteration of this workshop, we will continue to study the work of writers in the
magical realism tradition, such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the surrealist writer and
artist Leonora Carrington. Both are familiar with dreamlike territory and the thresholds which separate it from the waking world. We will use their work as a map to trace the roots
of folklore and tradition that stem from their work. We will also delve deep into our own
unconscious and confront dreams and their symbolic language.
In this workshop conducted by Mexican artist/writer Mercedes Gertz, participants will be encouraged to save folktale material from personal family origins, either in respect to country of birth or tales heard as children, containing these ghostly presences.
This Adult program is proudly presented in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute
of Los Angeles and by Los Amigos of the East Los Angeles Library. New and returning
participants are welcome - Please register at the Library or call (323) 264-0155.
Sponsored by: Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, Los Amigos of the East Los Angeles Library
Saturday, August 26, 2017
1:00PM to 3:30PM
East Los Angeles Library 4837 E. 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90022