Argentine Photographers To Watch For

BAPhoto will be taking place until the 16th of October and promises to be one of the BA artistic events of the spring. The local photography scene has been growing over the past years and is now well established in the city, which now has it’s own photo library (FoLa). Below, we include a list of some upcoming Argentine photographers and artists to watch for!

Lihuel González


From the series Sus casas (Their Houses)

Video artist and photographer Lihuel Gonzalez captures the intimacy of people’s lives and their relationship to their personal surroundings while also exploring themes such as isolation, memory, detachment and the physical aspect of the body interacting in space. Look at her collection of photographs here.

Sofía López Mañán


From the series Impermanencia (Impermanence)

This young Argentine photographer takes her experimentation to the limit by documenting a 21 day fast or the process of cutting her hair as a way of renouncing to something. Check out more of her work here.

Santiago Porter

Evita and Perón sculptures decapitated by the military in 1955 in the sculptor’s studio.

Santiago Porter captures elements of historical processes by documenting the appearance of monuments and public buildings, or what is no longer there. Check out more of his work here.

Arturo Aguiar

sleeping-beauty Entre luces y sombras y el encanto de los santos (Between light and shadow and the charm of saints)

Arturo Aguiar is known for his mysterious and dramatic landscapes and characters which he captures in the midst of contrasted light settings with unique colors. Find more of his work here.

And, if you’re a photo enthusiast, you can book one of Foto Ruta‘s photography tours as well.

Buenos Aires Literaria

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(foto-Santi DeFerrol)

Esta noche se lleva a cabo la Noche de las Librerías con una oferta amplia de actividades literarias incluyendo charlas, lecturas, jams de poesía, música en vivo, cadáveres exquisitos y más (la programación entera se encuentra disponible aquí). Al fin y al cabo, Buenos Aires es una ciudad de lectores, lectoras, escritores y escritoras, por lo que suele haber una gran oferta de actividades literarias en la ciudad y también muchas y variadas librerías que vale la pena explorar.

La librería porteña más conocida es El Ateneo Grand Splendid sobre Avenida Santa Fé, considerada una de las más bellas del mundo. Otras en Palermo, como Dain Usina Cultural, Libros del Pasaje y Eterna Cadencia, son espacios ideales para mirar libros y para sentarse a tomar un café, mientras que la librería Alamut comparte espacio con Autre Monde donde también se puede conseguir buen vino. Son conocidas también las librerías de la Avenida Corrientes y los puestitos de libros usados cerca de Plaza Italia.

Otra opción para explorar el lado literario de Buenos Aires es hacer un tour con Lara Mirkin. El tour que ofrece incluye la lectura de un cuento escrito por un autor local, y luego la exploración de los espacios propios del cuento y del autor en la ciudad, así como también una pausa en uno de los tradicionales cafés porteños. Los tours se ofrecen en inglés o español y deben reservarse con anticipación, más información aquí.

La Biblioteca Nacional, y el Museo del Libro y de la Lengua, ambos en Recoleta, además de la Villa OCampo a las afueras de la ciudad, son lugares que también albergan historia literaria local, y que además ofrecen actividades vinculadas a la literatura.

Sin dudas que la mejor manera de conocer la literatura argentina es leyendo. Si bien los nombres más comúnmente evocados son los de Borges y Cortázar, la oferta es bastante más amplia y hay mucha literatura local que vale la pena conocer. Se sugieren algunos autores aquí y en la publicación The Buenos Aires Review se incluyen artículos de literatura argentina y latinoamericana en inglés y en español.


Argentine Cuisine, Beyond Asado

(Photo by guido_cc)

One of the most immediate associations people make with Argentina is mmm – meat! And although undoubtedly it is one of the pillars of Argentine cuisine, it is not the only delicacy on the local table. (This is not a post about dulce de leche either.)

Brazilian and Paraguayan influences are ever present in Misiones, a province to the north-east of the country (where the Iguazú Falls are). There, one of the most common ingredients used is cassava from which they bake bread, cakes and make meat stuffed rolls. Many desserts are also made from papaya.

Corn, peppers, quinoa and chayote (a fruit similar to squash) are all part of the cooking repertoire up in Salta and Tucuman, which are also the empanada epicenters of the country!

Further south in the Patagonia region, local specialties include trout, lamb, smoked boar and cheese, as well as delicious boysenberries and raspberries. There is also a typical indigenous dish called curanto in which the food is cooked by wrapping it in tinfoil (originally leaves) and burying it in the ground with hot embers and stones.

In Buenos Aires, many restaurants are aiming at incorporating some of these lesser-known local culinary traditions into the gourmet gastronomic scene. Casa Felix is a self-defined “supper house” that opens several months a year to offer unique Latin American dining experiences. El Baqueano specializes unusual and native meats including ñandú, chinchilla, yacare and more.  Hernán Gipponi also fuses Latin ingredients, such as quinoa and chayote, with Spanish cuisine. And to top it off, there are always great wines to match!

Argentine Poetry: Evaristo Carriego

(Photo by stevegarfield)

Evaristo Carriego made a brief transit through the city of Buenos Aires, having died young at the age of 29 in 1912. He was a modernist poet from Entre Ríos who published works in some of the most renowned literary magazines of the day, inspired tangos and also, a biography written by Borges. Because of his early death, he published few poetry books: Misas herejes, published in 1908 and the later El alma del suburbio and La canción del barrio, which were published after his death and draw upon local topics such as tango, the barrio and city cafés.

Check out this beautiful performance by tango dancers Carlos Gavito and Marcela Durán of A Evaristo Carriego, a famous tango written by Eduardo Rovira.

And Milonga Carrieguera, composed by Astor Piazzolla.

On the Argentine Christmas Table: Pionono

(Photo by From Argentina With Love)

The Argentine Christmas cuisine has, as much of its culinary traditions, a lot of European influence. However, in Argentina Christmas takes place in the Summer, which means hot stuffed turkey is often out of the question. Asados, as could only be expected, are quite common, and especially welcome by the poolside, and otherwise many of the dishes for this festivity, including the famous Vitel Thoné and stuffed tomatoes, are served cold. One of the seasonal favorites are piononos which are special rolls made from a sweet dough and filled with either sweet or savory ingredients. Sweet version include dulce de leche piononos (of course!) and strawberry and cream piononos, and savory versions vary and may include ham and cheese, roquefort, tuna or chicken. The cake like dough, which is spread thin on a flat backing sheet to ensure its perfect-for-rolling rectangular shape, is what makes it distinctive.

The original pionono was actually a cylindrical shaped cake that originated in Granada in Spain, designed to resemble Pope Pio IX (hence the name). Although the Argie version is nothing like the original, it will surely be very present this Christmas given its papal undertone. Find a recipe of pionono here.


FIBA International Theatre Festival 2013

(photo by uncafelitoalasonce)

The 2013 FIBA international theatre festival kicks off today offering a broad program with top quality performances from around the globe. The festival, which takes place every two years since 1997, is one of the most important theatre events in South America and this year will feature international and local acts, film screenings about theatre, experimental theatre, seminars and lectures, book presentations, a photography exhibit and more. The event will take place around different city theatres and cultural centers and the full program is available here.

Homage to Clorindo Testa at Centro Cultural Recoleta

(Photo by hhzorrilla)

Clorindo Testa was a renowned Italian-Argentina architect and artist who is known for his modernist architectural style. Some of the buildings he is known for include the Argentine National Library, the Bank of London and South America, the remodeling of the Centro Cultural Recoleta, the neighboring Buenos Aires Design Center and the Centro Cultural Konex.

Testa was born in Naples in 1923 but moved to Buenos Aires with his family when he was but a few months old. He studied architecture in Argentina, at the Buenos Aires University and was influenced by Le Corbusier’s modern style. From the 50’s onward, he also painted and drew, following an Informalist style and choosing objects such as bicycles, tools and bridges as his motifs. In April 2013 the architect and artist passed away at the age of 83.

The Centro Cultural Recoleta is showcasing an exhibit of Testa’s work as part of the architecture biennial that is taking place until the 13th of October. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings and building designs and is being held until the 20th of October. The cultural center is open from Tuesday to Friday from 2pm to 9pm and on weekends from midday to 9pm. Junín 1930, Recoleta.  4803 1040.