Juan Cruz

Juan Cruz is translating Don Quijote (again) 

16 September to 6 November 2005


From noon to 6pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Juan Cruz will be reading, and simultaneously translating aloud, Cervantes' Don Quijote. It is estimated that the process will take eight weeks and generate approximately 150 hours of recorded audio material.

The performance will take place in a room behind the gallery space. It will be viewed through a small internal window, and heard via speakers transmitting a live audio feed into the gallery. In this sense the work is as much a formal gallery installation as it is the staging of a live event.

Cruz performed an earlier version of this work in 1996 in a room at the Instituto Cervantes in London. On that occasion he translated only about a third of the novel and no recording was made. The goal this time is to finish the job – starting from the beginning again.


Listen to a 5 minute extract of Chapter 6 from Juan Cruz is translating Don Quixote (again)



Juan Cruz is represented by:
Matt’s Gallery, London
Galeria Elba Benitez, Madrid


This project has been generously supported by: