Philippe Guerry is from La Rochelle in France. He is currently a guest writer in Gröndalshús residency in Reykjavík, courtesy of La Rochelle Centre Intermondes in coopearation with Alliance francais in Iceland and the Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature. Philippe takes part in an exhibition and hosts a writing workshop in Alliance francais in Reykjavík while dwelling in the city.
Philippe Guerry started his career as a librarian and also did teaching and research. Currently, he works as a freelance journalist and works on his personal writing project. His writing has been published in literary magazines, such as Le paresseux littéraire and Dissonances, as well as writing the blogs Bonheur portatif and Au petit commerce. Philippe often cooperates with photographers and other artists and operates a small publishing initiative, Philippe Book Club. He has been experimenting with short prose texts where he works with memories, introspection, geopraphy and inspection of everyday life. Here in Reykjavík, he has been exploring the city on foot and intends to write about these observations.
Exhibition of photograps and texts
On Wednesday, October 31st, a joint exhibtion of works by Philippe Guerry (texts) and Helga Nína Aas (photographs) opened at the Alliance francais building in Tryggvagata 8 in Reykjavík. Both focus on the closing of neighbourhood stores and businesses in Reykjavík and Charentes in France respectively, each with their unique perspective but nevertheless showing a similar vision.
The exhibition is up throughout November 3rd.
Open writing workshop and bookmaking
On Saturday, November 3rd from 2 - 4 pm, Philippe Guerry hosts an open workshop in Alliance francais. The teaching language will be French and all are welcome to take part. The work will be in two parts, writing short texts on the one hand and making small handmade books on the other hand. Participants will thus be able to go home with their hand made book after the workshop. The workshop is open for people of all ages, both children and grown-ups.
Alliance francais will be open from 1 - 5 pm that day, giving people a chance to see the exhibition as well as tasting classic French cookies and meeting Jacquy Pfeiffer, a world renowned pastry chef, who will talk about pastry making and baking between 4 and 5 pm. In addition to the workshops, a book market will be open during the opening hours.
All are welcome.