Talking Transformations: Home on the Move

Exhibitions and Events Programme with Rafał Gawin, Zuzanna Janin, Anna Hyde, Marta Dziurosz, Joanna Kosmalska


June – September 2018
Exhibition: Home on the Move

This exhibition of European artist films, sound art and poetry in translation is the result of a journey undertaken by two poems about ‘home’: British poet Deryn Rees-Jones’ poem ‘HOME’ travelled from the UK via France to Spain and back and Polish poet Rafał Gawin’s poem ‘DOM. KONSTRUKCJA W PROCESIE SĄDOWYM’ (‘Home. Structure on Trial’) travelled via Romania to the UK and back to Poland. Both poems were written on the basis of workshops with local communities in the UK and Poland. In each country they visited, the poems were translated by a literary translator and a local film artist.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to read the two poems in ten different versions (‘HOME’ is available in three English versions, French and Spanish, and ‘DOM…’ in two Polish versions, two English versions and in Romanian), to watch the artists’ visual interpretations in 7 film versions and to listen to the various language versions in an immersive sound collage. The exhibition at the Poetry Library in London will include an additional artwork by Elise Aru.


Teodor Ajder (RO), Elise Aru (FR), Heather Connelly (UK) in collaboration with Belén Cerezo (SP), Noèlia Díaz Vicedo (SP), Marta Dziurosz (PL), Rafał Gawin (PL),  Anna Hyde (PL), Zuzanna Janin (PL), Jozefina Komporaly (RO), Benoît Laffiché (FR), Domingo Martínez (SP), Timothy Mathews (UK), Kate McMillan (UK), Ghenadie Popescu (RO), Deryn Rees-Jones (UK), Silvia Terrón (SP), Sally Waterman (UK).

Curated by Manuela Perteghella and Ricarda Vidal.


9-10 June
64a Gallery
64a Oxford Street, Whitstable CT5 1DB
Part of Whitstable Biennale Satellite
Opening times: Sat. 11:00 – 20:00; Sun. 10:30 – 17:00, Free

29 June - 8 July
Upstairs Gallery, Enchant & Allure
15 New Street, Ledbury HR8 2DX
Part of Ledbury Poetry Festival
Opening times: Mon.-Sat. 10:00 – 18:00, Free

26 July – 23 September
The National Poetry Library
Royal Festival Hall (Level 5), Southbank Centre, London
The artwork by Elise Aru will be on show from 26 July to 7 October.
Opening times: Tue. – Sun. 11:00 – 20:00, Free



5 June, 4-6pm

Workshop: Home on the Move, led by Ricarda Vidal
Whitstable Library
37 Oxford St, Whitstable CT5 1DB

The workshop is free but as places are limited please sign up by contacting Whitstable Library on 03000 413131 or email

What makes home ‘home’? What makes us feel ‘at home’ somewhere? Can we be ‘at home’ in many places? And what are we longing for when we feel ‘homesick’? Can we take ‘home’ with us and ‘make’ it somewhere else? What would we need to take? And what would we leave behind? What is part of ‘home’ and who? How big is it? Can it be measured at all?

In this workshop we will explore what ‘home’ means to us and how we can express these ideas or emotions through poetry and translation techniques. We will use creative writing exercises before embarking on the ‘translation’ of a film-poem into poetry of our own. The workshop is related to the exhibition ‘Home on the Move’, which will take place in 64a Gallery on 9-10 June as part of the Whitstable Biennale Satellite programme. Creative texts produced during the workshop will be added to the exhibition in the form of a poetry scrapbook. The workshop is open to everyone – regardless of whether you speak a foreign language or not.


4 July

Workshop with poet & translator Noèlia Díaz-Vicedo
Upstairs Gallery, Enchant & Allure
15 New Street, Ledbury HR8 2DX
Tickets £10, book online

A hands-on poetry workshop which explores concepts of home, place and belonging through language and translation. Spanish, Catalan & English poems will be used. You don’t need to speak Spanish to join us, just a passion for poetry!

A hands-on poetry and art translation event, building from the morning session. Readings and vocal performances of the texts about ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ are followed by a poetry writing class where you will create your own very ‘Home’ poem to take home.

4 July, 5-6pm

Reading and Discussion: Deryn Rees-Jones and Rafał Gawin
Upstairs Gallery, Enchant & Allure
15 New Street, Ledbury HR8 2DX
Tickets: £5, book online

What do you think about when you think about ‘home’ and what does your neighbour think? Can we explore our ideas of home through poetry? And what happens to our notions of home when we travel into another country and another language? What does home mean to us in times of increased migration across Europe?
Poets Deryn Rees-Jones and Rafał Gawin will begin with a reading of their poems ‘HOME’ and ‘DOM. KONSTRUKCJA W PROCESIE SĄDOWYM’ (‘HOME. A STRUCTURE ON TRIAL’). They will then discuss their own notions of ‘home’, the role or influence of ‘home’ on their poetry and what happens when they encounter their work in translation. Their discussion will be interspersed with readings of their works and the audience will be invited to ask questions and join the discussion.

Polish translator Anna Hyde will translate for Rafał Gawin. The session will be chaired by Manuela Perteghella and Ricarda Vidal.


26 July, 7:30-9:30pm

Exhibition Opening and Preview
The National Poetry Library
Royal Festival Hall (Level 5), Southbank Centre, London

We will present a performative reading of the poems and their translations. This will be an opportunity for the poets, artists and translators who took part in the project to meet each other and, of course, to meet the public. Elise Aru will present her work at the opening.

27 July, 9am-6pm

Home, Belonging & Language: a day of exploring
King’s College London

We would like to invite you to join us for exploring notions of home and belonging in relation to migration, identity and language. This day of exploration will combine group analytical methods like a large group session with talks and presentations by our invited speakers as well as a practical workshop and an open forum. Speakers include experts and practitioners from a variety of disciplines as we aim to examine ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ from different angles and perspectives from group-analysis, language education and fine arts to translation theory and practice. Through the interactive formats of the large group at the beginning of the day and the open forum at the end, everyone will be able to join the discussion and take a stake in what home and belonging mean.

Attendees/participants are also warmly invited to the opening of the exhibition 'Home on the Move' at the National Poetry Library on the evening of 26 July, where there will also be an opportunity to meet some of the artists, poets and translators.

Speakers include: Teodor Ajder (Mamaliga, Warsaw), Maria-José Blanco (KCL), Briony Campbell, Simon Coffey (KCL), Zuzanna Janin, Manuela Perteghella & Ricarda Vidal (KCL/Talking Transformations), Joanna Kosmalska (Lodz), Loredana Polezzi (Cardiff)


Organised by Talking Transformations with support from Arts Council England, Institute Francaise UK, King's College London, Ledbury Poetry Festival, National Poetry Library, and the Polish Cultural Institute in London.

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