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Ernesto BurgosUnfaithful to TranslationsFeb 25th - Apr 11th 2021

The title of the exhibition comes from a quote by Argentinian writer, poet and translator Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986) in which he posits, “‘[e] l original es infiel a la traducción [the original is unfaithful to the translation]”. The phrase presents an inversion of the typical relationship between original source material and its translation. Whereas typically the trans- lation is conceived as dependent on the original, here Borges purports the notion that the translation is an independent entity. “Which came first?” this proposition seems to ask: “ The original or the translation?”

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