‘The true language of the birds’, by José María Benítez and Marino González

February 19th | 11:00-11:30


This is a project that is born from the union of two artistic tensions: photographic by José María Benítez Cidoncha, and literary by Marino González Montero: and all this under the auspices of the Extremaduran publishing house De La Luna Books. Halfway between a book with “photographs of birds”, like a more or less scientific or technical field guide and a field notebook with drawings or even, indeed, the bestiaries that have been made for centuries, ‘The true language of the birds’ is a highly original project. And its originality lies in the fact that it combines all the elements mentioned above and does so through poetry.

José María Benítez Cidoncha has been a nature photographer since 1995. Member of AEFONA (Spanish Association of Nature Photographers) and CEFNA (Extremaduran Collective of Nature Photographers). He has published in more than 30 books for the Junta de Extremadura and the Provincial Councils of Cáceres and Badajoz, as well as in more than a hundred magazines and brochures for environmental associations and other entities. He has also collaborated in the publication of several bird guides and in the Regional Catalogue of Endangered Species in Extremadura. He has won more than 30 national and international photography competitions.

Marino González Montero, a graduate in English Philology, teaches at a secondary school. Since the year 2000 he has collaborated in directing thirteen shows and has directed twelve plays and four productions based on his books. As a writer, he has published nineteen books and has made stage adaptations of eight classic texts (Plato, Terence and Shakespeare). He is the founder and co-director of the publishing house De La Luna Libros, as well as the founder and co-director of the creative magazine La Luna de Mérida, the poetry collection Luna de Poniente and the Lunas de Oriente collection of storybooks.

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