A Map of Buenos AiresSeptember 22, 2015
Born from necessity, complicity, from celebratory euphoria. They materialize and get the ball rolling through conviction, collaboration, and the support of their audience.
They are self-managed, community-minded, spontaneous, programmed.
If anything characterizes the Buenos Aires art scene, it is: the spaces and projects that propose models and formats that are new, different, and alternative. Spaces that create their own territories and particular significances. Experimental factories of today.
A shed, a garage, the living room of a house, an ancient tailor’s shop, a former girls’ school, a studio apartment, an old recording studio that marked the history of Argentine rock. Here, there is an array of different proposals with one common characteristic: to build a personal environment that challenges, encourages and publicizes current artistic production, creating bridges with the local community and proposing collaborations and exchanges with other scenes. A map of the multiples that are possible.
Ágatha Costure is the latest initiative of Fernanda Laguna, artist, writer, curator and founder of Belleza y Felicidad [Beauty and Happiness] (1999–2007), an iconic and pioneering space on the local alternative map that was the germ of a myriad of independent initiatives. Agatha Costure is a meeting place of artist friends who organize readings, exhibitions, and various activities related to art.
Móvil is one of the latest projects that celebrates Buenos Aires. Founded and led by Alejandra Aguado and Viamonte Solana Molina, Móvil joined the local scene as an independent organization dedicated to the production and exhibition of contemporary art with an emphasis on experimentation in the design and implementation of new projects whose development signifies a key moment in an artist’s production. Móvil aims to bring emerging practices to diverse audiences, focusing primarily on school groups, community associations, students and families. Currently it operates out of CheLA (Centro Latinoamericano Hipermediático Experimental).
Led by Matías Pascual, Manuel Martín Grondona, Tomás Martín Grondona, Rodolfo Marqués, Fernando Sucari and Agustín Fernández, Naranja Verde invites musicians, artists and writers to share their work in a repurposed former recording studio where some of the leading figures of Argentine rock once spent time. NV functions as an exchange battery between managers and creators who conceive and materialize proposals together that give new meaning to the space, and where, most of the time, they turn it into a party.
It is urgent to pay attention to this gallery led by the very young Toto Dirti & Martín Farnholc Halley, with the consultation of Gala Berger and Itamar Hartavi.
Urgente is an artist-run space in operation since August 2013, holding mostly solo exhibitions and activities such as projections or presentations of single-day projects, and also runs a virtual library project in pdf (urgente.PDF) . Urgente seeks to establish a new canon of art, rethinking the ways in which contemporary production is exhibited, marketed and how it relates to the public.
Ana Gallardo, an artist who is the driving force behind multiple collaborative artists’ initiatives, began La Verdi under the initiative of the Arts District in South Zone and with funding from the Patronage Act, a century-old house next to the Teatro Verdi in La Boca, where she has her studio with the group La Sin Futuro [Without Future], whose other members are Carolina Fusilier, Gabriel Chaile and Ramiro Quesada Pons. All share everything: a kitchen, a meeting room, bathrooms and a patio. Each quarter, a workshop is opened to the community. The slogan of La Verdi? Enable and provide space for others through events, concerts, performances, films, lectures. Its precedent? Forest, a project /space in the neighborhood of Chacarita led by the same artist.
Eloísa Cartonera is a co-op and Argentine publishing label which emerged after Argentina’s 2001 [economic] crisis, at the initiative of the writer Washington Cucurto and the artists Javier Barilaro and Fernanda Laguna. Her books are published with cardboard covers bought from "cartoneros", and are made and painted by people from low-income communities. The idea of the publishing company is to generate genuine hand work (the cardboard is bought at a higher price than normal and an hourly wage is paid to those who produce and paint the books); to be self-sustaining by selling books (they have no other funding); and to offer the public access to a wide range of Latin American writers. The publishing house is open to the general public where courses, workshops, and art exhibitions are organized.
Diagonal is a gallery/project space with a triangular footprint, located on a street in a residential neighborhood. Its aim is to produce and exhibit contemporary art exhibitions, developing projects that normally have no place within the market. Artists and curators from a wide range of ages and backgrounds participate with the intention that artists possess full participation and decision-making throughout the process of setting up the work and its exhibition, and that curatorial ideas emerge from working together with artists, forming a show from that nucleus.
Piedras is an open studio that invites artists to experiment, to sketch in space.
The proposal is to show processes, research installation, and to test supports..
Visual artists, musicians, and DJs are part of agreements and disagreements, and are the product of one of the best parties in Buenos Aires: Piedras parties.
It was once a girls' school, then a shopping mall, and now today it is one of the alternative centers of Buenos Aires with a variety of proposals which, although eclectic, are very interesting, including a library, art galleries, design spaces, a contemporary art museum, craft workshops, and trend producers.
It was Nicolás Barraza with his design studio and Marina Alessio with her specialized art library who planted the flag, and after founding the contemporary art gallery Mite together, spread their contagion to many other ventures that today form the Galería Patio del Liceo: a meeting point on the cultural map of the city.
A tiny, local Patio del Liceo is the headquarters from which La Ene detonates its experiments: a comprehensive program that includes exhibitions, residencies, publications, workshops, conferences, and its own collection.
Founded by Gala Berger and Marina Reyes Franco, La Ene emerges in 2010 as a critical response to the absence of a museum of contemporary art in Buenos Aires and is proposed as a platform for criticism, research, and institutional transformation of the ways in which art is produced, legitimized, and distributed today.
Amigo del Interior is the meeting of a group of artists from the "interior" of Buenos Aires who set out to create a platform for networking with other scenes in Argentina and abroad.
It is a space that produces projects that revolve around the learning and training of artists; research, reflection, and experimentation through meetings with critics, artists, and writers; and the production of a virtual platform for archived publications.