Imagined country

A journey to meet artists in 23 different Argentine

The pandemic has necessitated the closure of many national and international
borders but, paradoxically, it has seen the consolidation of tools of connection
and paths of communication all across Argentina. In a context where we are
physically separate, the ties that bind the cultural network of Argentina together
have actually grown stronger. We have been given a new opportunity to
question the centrality of Buenos Aires and to draw a new, more expansive
artistic map of the country with emphasis given to several different hubs at once.

 Pais imaginado

Juan Pablo Renzi, Nostalgia del Paraná, 1976, óleo sobre tela, 120 x 150 cm.


Over the past three decades, regional artistic centres (which have often been
relegated to a peripheral role in what is already commonly seen as a peripheral
continent) have organized research, artistic practices and methods of cultural
administration that have become essential to telling a properly diverse story of
Argentine art. These stories centre around educational spaces such as the historic
public universities, provincial and municipal art schools and workshops
coordinated by artists as well as exhibition venues such as public museums and
galleries and autonomous projects that have always been pillars of the
contemporary scene and that, now two decades old, have seen artistic
communities grow around them, producing their own poetics and critical currents
fully distinct from one another.

Furthermore, the network has grown through a dynamic interaction between
regions artists have chosen to migrate to and the fairs that have appeared in
recent years in cities such as Córdoba, Rosario and Corrientes, which lead to
greater frequency of exchange as well as different training programmes and grants
that strengthen regional ecosystems. These movements bring different experiences
together and create mutually reinforcing federal circuits that, through great effort
by the artists themselves, ensure that the map of Argentine art is flourishing
and diverse.

Over the next few weeks, the Museo Moderno will take us on a trip per day to each
province to introduce a local artist and thus begin an institutional exchange with the
regional focal points that are conducting research, fully aware that such selections
can only offer a partial view of the wider panorama of artistic production across the
provinces. Through their work and voices we will learn more about these artists’
output, how they learned their art and their influences. At a time when the present
seems absolute, imagining the future requires processes in which territorial diversity
is fully integrated, resources are democratized and the circulation of experience is
more fluid and poetic.

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