“Para mí, eres divina” a novel by David Unger
Book launch and bilingual reading
Gy Mirano with author David Unger at the Cervantes Institute, New York.
Here we are at the book launch!
Working on this presentation with David Unger was a thrill. We met at Poets House a while back and became friends and collaborators, so I was delighted when he left me in charge of putting together the book launch and bilingual presentation of his wonderful novel “In My Eyes You Are Beautiful”. It was a great evening with a captive audience as David read excerpts of his novel in English, and I read in Spanish. A dynamic Q&A followed, the audience was very engaged by David’s work. Reading the text to an audience made it come to life, it had a theatrical element to it. When reading the characters, I tried to capture their spirit and intent, when narrating the story line, I aimed to paint the sequence using David’s delightful, textured language.
We are currently trying to follow up with the audiobook version narrated by yours truly. Looking forward to our next project!
David was recently honored with Guatemala’s 2014 National Literature Prize:
Produced by gy mirano_elemento cultural
Photo: Cervantes Institute, NYC
Fashion: Inca Goddess Brazilian Agate Necklace by Gy Mirano for the Rubin Museum of Art; Black top by Floreat at Anthropology; Hair by Elizabeth and Arthur at Oscar Blandi Salon, NYC. Make-up by Shiseido, Lipstick by Pür in Rose Sandstone.
McNally Jackson Books – Soho, NYC http://mcnallyjackson.com
Location: Instituto Cervantes – New York, New York http://nyork.cervantes.es/en/default.shtm
“An evening with Viggo Mortensen” at ICNY movie screening and Q&A was produced by gy mirano_elemento cultural in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes New York and the Consulate General of Argentina in New York.
Viggo Mortensen and Ana Piterbarg for and giving your time and support to this cultural event that promotes international collaborations and expands the artistic message.
John Harris for including selected works of on–set photos and behind the scenes of the Everyone has a Plan, and for helping me create a companion photographic exhibit.
Ignacio Olmos, Instituto Cervantes New York Executive Director for his support, and for giving this project a home at the beautiful New York location. Ms. Adriana Trotta, Deputy Consul General of Argentina for her commitment and leadership, her support was vital to this project. The artistic community is lucky to have these two friends by their side.
To the unstoppable Soledad Lopez of the ICNY, a great partner to work with. And ICNY’s Ramón Fernandez, with him on your team, the show always goes on!
Delish Argentinean wines generously donated by Mr. Sergio Stabio of Pro Mendoza.
Evenings like this are possible thanks to the Americas Society Literature Department and the director’s department Dan Shapiro. Here with Mario Vargas Llosa chatting about Arequipa. Que maravilla!
Art is a Business By Gy Mirano
Notes from the production trenches: As an artist, immigrant and Spanish speaker I identify with the struggles and particular difficulties of other artists from a similar background trying to make it here. So when I’m in position to give an opportunity to either hire someone, or work with them creatively by bringing them to one of my projects, I tend to consider artists that come from a similar background. This has proven to be difficult many times. The lack of professionalism regarding attitude, punctual and complete delivery of product, unwillingness to work within good standard practices runs rampant back in our countries, and it seems bad habits have followed us back to the States. This entrenched attitude can potentially have a negative impact on an individual project, and in our U.S community’s financial and creative health.
Talent is not everything. One needs talent, but that will not keep you working as an artist. A long healthy career depends on your reputation too. Are you reliable, honest, punctual, respectful, and easy to work with? A professional mutual agreement verbally and on paper of good practices that benefit and protect both the artist and the client, is always in order, whether you are the one being hired, or hiring. Getting involved with someone that is draining, and ends up wasting your time and money it’s just not worth the aggravation no matter how talented they are. The process should be a pleasure, not a burden. If you are the one inflicting the aggravation and not delivering in a professional way, clean up your act in order to stay the course and grow your business and supporters.
My personal and professional motto is to treat all clients and partners with equal care, importance, and respect. I love this country deeply, and the way Americans work. When it comes to a big part of my heart, core values, and the way I do business, I’m American all the way, and very proud to say it.
Film screening and a conversation
Film screening of “Everybody Has a Plan” and a conversation with the multifaceted international star.
In the film “Everybody Has a Plan” Viggo Mortensen plays two complex roles brilliantly, taking us on a haunting adventure set in Buenos Aires and the river port town Tigre. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the actor. We will explore Viggo Mortensen’s creative process, the multicultural nature of modern filmmaking, his interest in Hispanic and Latin American culture, and his collaboration with director Ana Piterbarg.
Moderated by Gy Mirano.
Original Title: Todos tenemos un plan
Everyone has a Plan
Directed by Ana Piterbarg
Production: Argentina and Spain
Photo by John Harris
this cultural event was created and produced by: gy mirano_elemento cultural in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes New York and Consulado General de Argentina in New York
elemento cultural: here is where you get your NY cultural fix!
I’m an actress, voice artist, and cultural advocate committed to working on behalf of artists as well as to promoting Hispanic culture in the United States. This is where I will share news about my adventures in the art world and the cultural events I create & produce.
Additionally, my artist advocy extends to volunteer work on behalf of the performer’s labor union SAG-AFTRA and was recently elected to New York Delegate. I’m an active member of four national committees, leading initiatives with SAG-AFTRA and other institutions representing actors’ and artists’ interests. I’m also proud to collaborate with several iconic New York cultural institutions like the Cervantes Institute, The America’s Society, CUNY and Saint John’s University, doing live presentations, moderating and producing events that feature leading artists and authors. I’m excited to report about my recent appointment to the Advisory Board of CUNY’s The Americas Film Festival of New York (TAFFNY) to be launched on June 2014.