He Kirchner Cultural Center (CCK), which is located in the building where the Central Post Office operated, was once again the axis of a controversy. The withdrawal of a sentence by Jorge Luis Borges that was read on a luminous sign in the front led to criticism and an official explanation, in which the change was attributed to the intention of “preserving” the façade and “not incorporating invasive elements into it”. The former head of the Federal Media System Hernán Lombardi, who was responsible for the CCK during the government of Mauricio Macri, questioned the decision with messages via social networks.
“Nobody is the Homeland, but we all are”, is Borges’ phrase that was eliminated from the CCK front. It is a passage from the poem “Ode written in 1966”, a text that is part of the volume The Other, the Same, and that THE NATION published on July 9, 1966, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
“Papelón” was one of the messages that Lombardi published on the social network Twitter when the news began to circulate in the middle of last week. “The tribute to Borges in the CCK, for five years, remembered ‘nobody is the Homeland, but we are all’. An eloquent and wise alert to the personalities. They withdrew it this week”, was another of Lombardi’s allusions, who was in charge of the CCK in the management of Cambiemos.
“They argued that Borges’ phrase invaded the visual space. Knowledge does not invade, it instructs.” Miguel WiñazkiImperdible article. The exile of Borges from the CCK and the apotheosis of ignorance – https://t.co/GNHuZDBEaw & – Hernán Lombardi (@herlombardi)
December 26, 2020
Lombardi’s messages were replicated by cultural figures identified with Together for Change, such as the dancer Maximiliano Guerra and the film director Juan José Campanella, among others.
The official explanation for what happened to the poster with the Borgean phrase was that they sought to preserve the historic building of the Palacio de Correos. “About two months ago, it was removed from the front of the building to carry out restoration and maintenance of the building, which is historical heritage. There was no ideological or political intention, quite the opposite. The will is to preserve the facade and not incorporate invasive elements in it “, they informed THE NATION from the CCK Press and Communication Office.
With a statement, they denied any intention against the figure of Borges and recalled that in September “the Borges 2020 Conference was held, together with the Ministry of Education of the Nation and the Jorge Luis Borges International Foundation, commemorating the 121 years of his birth” .
For the tributes to different figures that were held this year, the CCK used “the audiovisual resource of the mapping on the facade, in order to protect the building “, as they officially clarified from the Press area.
This is not the first controversy to rage around the cultural center. During the Macri government, initiatives to find a different denomination to replace the name of the former president who died in 2010. It was a recurring discussion, although the change did not take place.
One of the names that were considered was that of the musician and singer Gustavo Cerati, who died in 2014. This initiative had digital backing in 2017, with signatures on the Change platform. In those days, Lombardi clarified to Cristina Kirchner, through an open letter, that the place would bear the name of Néstor Kirchner “until another law changes it”, because the name had originally been defined by law, and he also remarked : “With intellectual honesty I confirm that, with respect to the name, our thought is different.” The former head of the Federal Media System spoke out on several occasions in favor of changing the name of the cultural center located a few blocks from the Casa Rosada.
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