Joanna Moorhead on Leonora Carrington
We can't wait to welcome Joanna Moorhead to give a talk on _Surreal Spaces,_ her illustrated biography of the remarkable and pioneering artist Leonora Carrington, told through the houses and locations that had meaning for her and are fundamental to an understanding of her work. Joanna will be in conversation with Allan Little, long-time BBC correspondent and chair of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Long underrated, Carrington is now considered as one of the vanguard, not only in histories of women artists but also Surrealism; her interests - feminism, ecology and life-enhancing art - are now shared by many. Challenging the conventions of her time, Carrington abandoned family, society and England to embrace new experiences and mix with artists in Europe and America, and to forge her own unique artistic style.
From Lancashire to London, Cornwall to France and Spain, then to Mexico, New York and finally back to Mexico, each place and interior became etched in her memory - whether her grandmother's kitchen with its giant stove, Parisian cafes, a rural French hideaway, the sanatorium in Santander or her Mexican sanctuary - only to be echoed, sometimes decades later, in her paintings and writings. 'Houses are really bodies,' she wrote in her novella _The Hearing Trumpet_ (1974), 'We connect ourselves with walls, roofs, and objects just as we hang on to our livers, skeletons, flesh and blood streams.'
Joanna Moorhead is a writer and the cousin of Leonora Carrington. She is a journalist who writes for the _Guardian_, the _Observer_, _The Times_ and many other publications. In 2010 she co-curated the touring exhibition 'Surreal Friends' on the work of Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna. Her memoir _The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington_ was published in English and Spanish in 2017 ('as strange and haunting as Leonora Carrington's surrealist paintings', Lynn Barber, _The Sunday Times_). She is the author of eight other books.
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