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In the Evening There is Feeling Online: Reading Clarice Lispector


Led by DCA’s Head of Exhibitions, Eoin Dara, In the Evening There is Feeling is DCA’s reading group. It takes its name from Gertrude Stein’s 1914 book Tender Buttons and focuses, in an informal and welcoming way, on feminist and queer texts from the worlds of art and literature.

This session will introduce and discuss some of the ideas contained within Clarice Lispector’s short book Água VivaAddressed as an unsent letter to an undefined “you”, Lispector takes on the persona of a painter and, for 88 pages, reflects on the nature of life. Novel, essay, epic poem, collection of short prose poems; Água Viva is not easily definable, making it all the more fascinating a document. 

In this work, Lispector aimed to 'capture the present'. Her direct, confessional and unfiltered meditations on everything from death and time to perfume and sleep are strange and hypnotic in their emotional power and have been a huge influence on many artists and writers since the book was first published in 1973. Despite its apparent spontaneity, this is a masterly work of art, which rearranges language and plays in the gaps between reality and fiction.

To join the conversation, book your place before 17:00 on Wed 27 January. We will send you digital copies of the texts and details of the Zoom meeting – expect the email around an hour after booking (please note the details will arrive separately to your e-ticket).