Marina Kazakova & Slow Bear
“I Think About Your Hands” | An evening of Poetry and Music
St.Mark’s English Church
10 September 18:00
As the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death is commemorated this year, a Belgium-based artistic duo Marina Kazakova & Slow Bear prepared a poetry programme inspired by and devoted to the great artist and his gorgeous country.
The hands drawn by da Vinci in his portrait paintings as well as his famous study of arms and hands probably represent the most exquisite visualisation of hands in the history of art.
“Guarda, se tu credi…” Look here, can you believe it?
These are the words of Leonardo about hands… When we think of da Vinci’s paintings we always think of the compelling presence of hands. Think of the calm of Mona Lisa’s hands, The Last Supper, Lady With An Ermine…
The hands is the theme that Leonardo deals with on the level of sensory impulses, thus opening a space not only for analyses but also for a poetic insight.
Hands do communicate the inner rhythms and truths we can’t quite put into words or we hide behind the words, and in the context of ‘trying to understand someone’ they more straightforwardly confirm the identity of the speaker, and, by extension, his/her emotional pattern.
The evening will feature the ongoing collaboration of a Russian-born and Belgium-based poet marina Kazakova and a Belgian DIY-folk musician Slow Bear. Marina will perform a selection of poems inspired by da Vinci’s works, Italy and also Russia, each poem accompanied by a unique guitar composition. The selected poems reflect the scope of human emotion, as well as relevant issues facing present-day world of Europe: hate crimes, migrants, discrimination, body commodification.