Welcome to Est. 1999, the official blog of Abraham Translations. As is perhaps easy to surmise, the name of this blog reflects the year that Abraham Translations was founded.
It all began with the correction of a few texts that had been translated by another time-pressed translator. Within the year, translating had become my main source of income; now, it has long been the only way I put bacon on the table.
I am rather proud of many of the projects on which I have worked.
Est. 1999, basically, is a visual confirmation of past projects, a blowing of my own horn, a presentation of translator-related topics, and an occasional departure into other areas that I deem worthy of presenting. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Fokus Figur: 30 Jahre Die Galerie / Focus Figure: 30 Years of Die Galerie.

(Bilingual catalog [G&E], hardcover, 144 pages. With shorts texts by Corneille, Klaus Zylla, Franz Hitzler, Volker Stelzmann, Eckhard Kremers, Sandra Brandels Crawford, Heiner Meyer, Joram Harel, Roberta Baj, Tony Swaanswijk, Hans Brockstedt, Daniel Boulakia, Jane Sung, Ingeborg Flagge, Daiga Upeniece, Volker Hauff, Jürgen Jeske, Marika de Feo and others.]
André Masson, Femme tenant un oiseau 
(1924, oil on canvas, 55.2 x 33 cm)
The exhibition Focus Figure: 30 Years of Die Galerie ran from 2 Sept. – 7 Nov. 2009 at Die Galerie, Frankfurt, and included the work of approx. 40 artists.
To quote the press release:
"When founded in 1979, the initial focus of DIE GALERIE was on printed works. Since then, DIE GALERIE has evolved into an internationally active art dealership of high-quality art of the 20th and 21st centuries. […] DIE GALERIE moved into its prestigious space in the Frankfurt Westend in 1995, and the change of location was accompanied by a change of activities. Since then, the gallery has concentrated on gallery work, presentations at international art fairs, and the communication between artists, collectors and museums. […] When it comes to the representation of the interests of his artists, Peter Femfert cooperates with galleries in (among other places) France, Italy and Spain, takes advantage of an international network of connections, supplies his exhibitions to prestigious institutions or uses his enthusiasm and persistence to instigate sensational exhibitions […]."
Pierre Alechinsky, L’Âge d’orange
(1970, acrylic on paper on canvas, 115 x 151 cm)
"The thematic centre that bonds all activities of DIE GALERIE is the presentation of the figure, the visual exploration of the topic of mankind in its most varied shapes and forms. Indeed, the identity of a gallery is defined much more by the art and character of 'its' artists than by the sum of its activities. In this way DIE GALERIE has developed a face, a distinctive physiognomy, which reflects the signs of its age with pride and a portion of humor."

Robert Combas, Le Guépard rayé
 (2007, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 205 cm)
"And exactly that will be obvious to see at the anniversary exhibition FOCUS FIGURE […]. All artists of DIE GALERIE are involved and will be present, either in person or represented by their art work. The exhibition takes you from the obsessed figures of André Masson to Max Ernst's alter ego Loplop; from Jean Dubuffet's 'raw' friends, Karel Appel's wind-twisted forms, Corneille's sensual women, Lucebert's gnomes, Rudolf Hausner's self-portraits, Valerio Adami's characters of the Old Testament and Emilio Tadini's fairytale figures to the contemporary representation of the figure: the emotive of Dieter Hacker, the vulnerable of Eckhard Kremers, the shrill of Heiner Meyer, the audacious of Klaus Zylla, the voiceless of Volker Stelzmann, the melancholic of Igor Mitoraj and the angularly chiseled of Dietrich Klinge."
All art images taken from the gallery's press release.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Iceland's Artists and Sagas / Islands Künstler und die Sagas (2011)

(Documentary, 52 min, HD, 2011; A Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion in coproduction with ZDF, Navigator Film, RUV, ORF and Swiss Television, in cooperation with ARTE. Idea und concept, Helga Brekkan & Annette Brüggemann; direction, Helga Brekkan.)
Sometime in 2010, I translated the voiceover text for this documentary into English. Released in 2011, Iceland's Artists and the Sagas is narrated by the talented actress and voiceover artist, Priscilla Bergey, whom I am more than willing to recommend to anyone in need of a narrator for a film project.
To simply quote the Gebrueder Beetz press release: "Frosty glaciers and hot springs, dark winter days and bright summer nights – Iceland is a country of the extremes. Not only is the nature in Iceland astonishing: ancient sagas, crime stories, eccentric video art, and enigmatic music are a testimonial for the country's unique art scene. The small island in the Atlantic Ocean is not just a geological hotspot, but also a creative one. In times like these, with the impacts of the global financial crisis visible everywhere in Iceland, the values of these cultural resources become evident. The bubble of fast money has burst, but people still have their fantasy, their poetry and their ability to tell a good tale to hold on to. After all, it was Icelandic sagas that gave birth to the hero, the story of an individual human being, long before the first European medieval romance thought of it. […] The documentary Iceland's Artists and the Sagas not only gives an insight into the creative energy of the country; following the steps of some of Iceland's most famous artists, writers and musicians, it also explores the very nature of this creativity that drives and defines an entire country."