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Ana G. Lartitegui: Contemplating images

The act of reading images is an act of contemplation. If the enormous potential of the visual is studied properly, if the creator manages to offer more with less, then the image can become an exceptional ally for the expression and relation between literary and visual text. At least this is the opinion held by Ana G. Lartitegui, illustrator and researcher in the field of children’s literature who participated in Imágenes de cabecera, held at Casa del Lector at the end of March. 

Lartitegui (Bilbao,1961) was a teacher before she was an illustrator. One vocation led to the other and for years now, she has dedicated herself solely to illustration. She draws and creates, but she also approaches it from a reflexive position and because of this investigative streak she is one of the most active professionals in the promotion and research of children and young people’s literature. Amongst her works she chooses to highlight La carta de la señora González (Fondo Cultural Económica), her first picture book created with her colleague and life partner, Sergei Lairla. She would also choose the work she is currently engaged in, and which she has been working on for the past ten years, El libro de la suerte, which she claims is nearly finished.
 
Concerning her activities as a researcher and promoter of children’s literature she has, together with Lairla and other professionals, driven the initiative of companies focused on the study and development of cultural projects, particularly the formation and encouragement of readers, such as Pantalia or Círculo Hexágono, the last of which is an initiative for study and debate. They have also propelled the magazine Fuera {de} Margen.
 
Some of the conclusions her career has brought her to are; ‘The picture book, as a complex system, encloses suggestions that demand an active, sensitive, curious, creative reader: capable of Reading, interpreting and reading again. It requires a paused reading, time for re-reading, and rediscovering. It is ideal to unite children and adults in one reading space. The picture book is a new form of narration that takes the book beyond literature’s scope’.

 

Lartitegui: ‘An image is not read, it is contemplated. Reading nowadays is hyper-reading. We have to face the pressure from the simultaneous, I fear reading will loose its depth. Undoubtedly change is necessary, nonetheless.’

 


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