Diario No. 1, Año 1


Mirtha Dermisache utilizes asemic writing that takes the form of an eight page “newspaper.” This piece uses unintelligible words that the reader can decipher and understand. The transformation of words into something abstract raises questions about the potential of language and the necessity of interpersonal communication. This is the third edition of the newspaper, vol. 1, no. 1 (first edition published by Centro de Arte y Comunicación in 1972). 

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mirtha Dermisache attended the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón. Her work on books and symbols launched her career in the 1960s. After publishing Diario No. 1 (Dairy No. 1), it became a symbol of resistance to the repressive political system in her nation.

Meeting Guy Schraenen, the owner of a publishing company, was a crucial moment in her career since it resulted in the ability to spread Diario No.1 to other countries. Since her works were initially written using quills, ballpoint pens, and markers, publishing gave her work more validity.