Imagined Country

Sofía Viola
Imagined Country

In this performance, recorded exclusively for the Museo Moderno, the Argentine singer,
composer and actress runs through some of the most popular tunes in her songbook,
with which she has appeared on stages all across the globe. Her old-school rock,
marginal, tropical style takes a tour of the 23 provinces of Argentina as part of the
Moderno’s Imagined Country programme.
Chacarera sin estribo (chacarera) / Con Gaspar al mar (Andean beats) / Pajarito ya
volaste
(melody) / Guayaba y un cuchillo (guaraní) / Santo Marcos (country milonga) /
Pitanga (Rio de la Plata cumbia)

Troubadours and rappers
An improvisation by Rayo a.k.a Big Buda, Milo Moya
and Nicolás Membriani
 

Payada ballad or rap? Country or city? Tradition or modernity? An iconic payador
troubadour and his guitar, a noted rapper and a beat box virtuoso Milo Moya ‘compete’
to improvise lyrics and music on a tour of 23 Argentine provinces to show us the
dialogue that different genres may hold to reimagine the country.
 

Lanzamientos online

Esta semana compartimos uno de nuestros mayores desafíos editoriales: el libro
realizado para acompañar la exhibición Una historia de la imaginación en la Argentina.
En vínculo con el extenso recorrido visual que propuso la muestra por el territorio
nacional y su identidad, el libro incluye una exhaustiva antología literaria en la que los
diversos paisajes y sus temas míticos, narrativos y políticos encuentran cruces,
contradicciones, resonancias y matices.

Invitamos a leer los ensayos teóricos de Javier Villa, curador de la muestra y de
Alejandra Laera, doctora en Letras que estuvo también a cargo de la antología de textos.
El libro reúne fragmentos de narraciones, ensayos y poemas de más de 70 autores,
y muchas imágenes de las más de 250 obras que formaron la exhibición.

Libro online

A journey to meet artists in 23 different Argentine
provinces

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.

Neuquen
Valeria Conte Mac Donell

Valeria Conte Mac Donell (1971) has lived and worked in San Martín de los Andes,
Neuquén, since 2003. She is a visual artist and teaches at different artistic institutions
in the area. More than fifteen years ago she decided to move with her family to the Andes
town and the new environment inspired her to create a body of work made up of
installations, sculptures and drawings in close dialogue with the vast dimensions and
resilience of the nature around her.
San Luis
Romina Bigorria

Romina Baigorria lives in the town of Villa Mercedes, San Luis. Her painting explores
formal issues related to the study of colour. In recent years, her work has begun to
employ traditional techniques that lend her pictorial practice a physical presence. Using
the codes of the installation, the work is made up of different elements that – suspended,
supported or superimposed – construct a landscape of colour that expands beyond the
edge of the canvas to take on new forms. Volumes of wood, domestic objects and folded
textiles become part of her artworks resulting in a degree of estrangement in the viewer
as well as evoking local light and atmosphere.

Tucumán
Carlota Beltrame

Carlota Beltrame lives and works in Tucumán. She is an artist, teacher, researcher
and Doctor of Art. For several years she has trained young artists at Taller C, her
course at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán. Recently her practice has focused
on combining traditional techniques from her region (such as randa) with symbols and
materials that refer to the political history and violence of the country.

Chaco
Diego Figueroa

Diego Figueroa lives and works in Resistencia, Chaco. He has taught many young
artists at his studio and received grants from the Fundación Antorchas and the Fondo
Nacional de las Artes to further the aesthetic experimentation of his sculptural and
pictorial work, which combines popular iconography and the history of art with fragile,
dissonant materials.

Art, struggle and territory
Maximiliano Mamaní and Sara Hebe

In this conversation, the artist Maximiliano Mamaní and the singer Sara Hebe talk
about art as a tool of struggle, the tensions between the centre and the periphery and
social conflicts in Argentina and Latin America.

Dry twig. Permanent colonialism
Bartolina Xixa

Maximiliano Mamaní lives and works in Jujuy. He is a drag artist and teacher of folk
dances. A few years ago, he created the character Bartolina Xixa, inspired by the
indigenous leader Bartolina Sisa, whose legacy she seeks to restore, taking inspiration
from Andean legends.
Dry twig. Permanent colonialism is a video-dance piece filmed at the Hornillos rubbish
tip in Quebrada de Humahuaca.
Concept, choreography and performance: Bartolina Xixa. Filmed at the Hornillos rubbish
tip in Quebrada de Humahuaca, in February 2019.

La Pampa
Daniela Rodi

Daniela Rodi (1980) is a visual artist and museological researcher. She works with
writing, sound and the voice, exploring their conceptual potential. Communication is
a material in her work: messages, social networks, books and conversations are used
to create new poetic circuits. Through different media (such as book-objects, sound
installations, and photography, among others), the artist sees words as a continent of
emotional landscapes. She has lived in La Pampa since 2002 and is currently a part
of the working collective Fuego en la Torre, which brings together artists from different
towns in Patagonia.

Salta
Roxana Ramos

Roxana Ramos was born in Cafayate and lives in the city of Salta, where she plays a
fundamental role in higher artistic education and promoting contemporary practice from
the region through her education work at the Escuela Provincial de Bellas Artes Tomas
Cabrera, and the creation and coordination of the La Guarda space between 2004 and
2014. For almost two decades Roxana has researched and promoted the relationship
between traditional and contemporary artistic practice based around a feminist poetic
that examines the silenced role of Latin American women in general and especially in
Salta. Her practice combines different visual media with collective productions and social
field and academic research in which the body is sensitized in a bond with the territory
and its densities.

Catamarca
German Bormann

German Bormann (1969, Corral de Bustos, Córdoba) lives and works in Valle Viejo,
Catamarca. He has a degree in architecture from FAUD, UNC. In 2012 he created
Castillo Arte Contemporáneo, a gallery and experimental space for contemporary art
that he runs from home with the objective of promoting local and regional art.
His artistic research focuses on materials in relation with his architecture work and also
the relationship between the object, space and viewer, constructing different devices
that can often be physically accessed.

Corrientes
Julia Rosetti

Julia Rossetti (1986) is an artist, administrator and teacher. In this video she tells us
about her recently released documentary Creer o reventar [Believe or Burst]. She
studied at the Universidad Nacional del Nordeste and has held workshops supported
by the Fondo Nacional de las Artes, the Yungas Project and the Artist Programme at
the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. Since 2018 she has been a part of the federal
platform Intemperie.

Santa Fe
Eugenia Calvo

Eugenia Calvo was born in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, in 1976. In her work she arranges
situations that undermine functionalism and the blinkered use of spaces, things, and habits.
Inverting the precarious, inanimate existence of objects, she gives them another purpose
that creates permanent states of tension and suspicion. She has received several honours
and awards, including the Gasworks Grant (2005), the arteBA Petrobrás First Prize (2006),
a grant from the CIFO Grants and Commission Program (2010), a Special Mention in the
International Cuenca Biennial (2011) and a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation (2017).

Río Negro
Maia Gattás Vargas

Maia Gattás Vargas (1986) lives in Bariloche, Río Negro. Her conceptual practice
combines visual arts with different tools from scientific disciplines. Most recently the
artist set out to investigate the construction and representation of the territory of
Patagonia through its images, immersing herself in historical and field research. Her
artworks are generally installations with prominent archival components combining
drawings, collage, photography, video, found objects and writing. Maia has a degree in
Social Communication, a Doctorate in Contemporary Latin American Art from the
Universidad Nacional de La Plata and a CONICET Doctoral Grant at the IIDyPCA
Institute in Bariloche. Among other training and artistic workshops, she took the Film
Programme at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in 2019.

Tierra del Fuego
Nacha Canvas

The works of Nacha Canvas (Ushuaia, 1990) explore the relationship between the
natural and the artificial, the human-made and nature. Her most recent pieces, a
collection of soft toned ceramic forms, directly address the viewer’s memory and
associative ability. She studied Graphic Design at the UBA and has also trained in
ceramics, drawing and photography. Her work was selected to take part in the Buenos
Aires Young Art Biennial in 2013. In 2019 she was invited to compete in the Muntref
Premio Braque. She lives in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, where she has founded a
workshop that carries out the research and development of Alfar ceramic pieces.

La Rioja
Aylén Almendra

Aylén Almendra (1990) lives in Chilecito, La Rioja. She is a multimedia designer and
visual artist. She researches digital and analogue image capture technologies whose
media she uses to reflect on the relationship between time, space and nature. The
project she is currently working on, Cámara trampa [Camera Trap], is an essay about
the influence of the sun in her territory and how it regulates her social and natural life.

Misiones
Yiyú Finke

Yiyú Finke (1960) is an artist living in Posadas, Misiones. In this video she presents
her pictorial project Mesa chica [Small Table] which explores our relationship with
childhood and the events that linger in her memory such as the time, on 20 August,
1965, that it snowed in Misiones. She has a Master’s degree in the Methodology of
Research into the Visual Arts. Her studio is at home and has always been a space
that houses multiple cultural activities, including the ACMI space (2012-2016) and
Galería de Arte (2016-2018). It is currently home to her bar: Hormiga.

Entre Ríos
Lucas Mercado

Lucas Mercado (1980) lives and works in Paraná, Entre Ríos. He is a writer, artist,
cultural administrator and curator. His work combines drawing with narrative elements,
poetry and comics. In the series “Procedencia y desplazamiento” [Origin and
Displacement] he develops a project that tours the Province of Entre Ríos
documenting in his drawings and texts the stories, people and everyday jobs he comes
across on his way.

Buenos Aires
Hoco Huoc

Hoco Huoc lives in Quilmes, Buenos Aires Province, where he runs his general store,
Los solteros. Describing himself as a complex artist of the occult and the extended
suburbs, the driving force behind the underground general store, a night owl and
musician, Hoco Huoc held his first exhibition at UV estudios in 2015: El restorán de
Hoco Huoc
[Hoco Huoc’s Restaurant]. After that he has appeared at different fairs and
held solo exhibitions together with UV while also from time to time organizing an artistic
open house and culinary project in his home town of Quilmes, called S. Conozca.
https://hhocouoc.tumblr.com/

Córdoba
Verónica Meloni

Verónica Meloni (1974) is an artist and teacher. She lives and works in Córdoba where
her practice varies between performance, public art, drawing and writing. She is part
of the long and vibrant tradition of performance from the city of Córdoba. Her creative
processes are aimed at placing in conflict the abstract relationships between actions,
objects and people. Building up and dismantling common senses and meanings, her
artworks create images that ask new aesthetic and ethical questions.

Verónica Meloni, Pausa, 2019
Performance at the Biennial of Performance, Córdoba edition, Fundación El Gran Vidrio
Camera and editing: Guido Grosso
Camera: Julián Miret
Sound: Francisco González Cholaky
Direction and editing: Victoria Ulrich
Mendoza
Facundo Díaz

Facundo Diaz (1985) is an artist and cultural administrator. He lives and works in the
Province of Mendoza. He trained in clinics, residencies and workshops given by other
artists and his work, which includes drawing, painting and poetry, makes recurring
references to mountains and volcanoes. The mysterious, powerful forces of geography
are evoked in a body of work that exposes the fragile border between real and fictional
landscapes.

Formosa
Walter Tura

Walter Tura was born in Formosa in 1970. In 1992 he moved to Resistencia, Chaco,
to study architecture. At the Workshop of Visual Arts (Universidad Nacional del Nordeste),
he found a space in which to practice painting and drawing. In 1999 he won an award for
his sculpture from the Consejo Federal de Inversiones. He has attended artwork
production and analysis workshops in Posadas and Resistencia (organized by the
Fundación Antorchas, MAC UNAM and the Museo de Bellas Artes René Brusau). At the
end of 2002, the Fundación Alberto J. Trabucco awarded him a grant that saw him
receive training from Luis Wells and Alejandro Puente. In 2006 he moved back to
Formosa, where he continues to produce and develop his art.

Chubut
Lucía Pellegrini

Lucía Pellegrini (1978) lives in Puerto Madryn, Chubut. Lucia works with the conceptual
possibilities of pieces of marble or stones from the door of her house, incorporating time
as a necessary element for the development of her artwork. During the process, she
reflects on the link between her work and its surroundings, the landscapes and horizon
of the town where she lives. Lucia has attended the a painting workshop given by
Marisol Jindra and an artwork clinic with Claudia del Río, Leticia Obeid, Marina de Caro
and Daniel Fischer. In 2015 she won an FNA Creative Grant and received a Special
Juror’s Mention in the sculpture category at the 104th National Salon.

Santiago del Estero
Ossobuco + Mantera

The Ossobuco collective (Néstor Basualdo, Mónica Miranda, Víctor Moresi) works with
the materiality of textiles with an emphasis on the feminist, collective practice of
embroidery. Today, they are presenting their project Altares Populares together with
Mantera Galería, run by the artist María Rocha. One of its objectives is to draw attention
to the struggle against precarious employment at the margins of legality. Their convictions
and questions about the role of art are developed and shared from a stand at a market
located on the Ferrocarril Mitre lot in the town of La Banda in Santiago del Estero. Among
other recent exhibitions and initiatives they took part in the 2018 and 2019 Mercado de
Arte Contemporáneo, Córdoba.

San Juan
Carla Monguilner

Carla Monguilner was born in San Juan, where she lives and works. She is a visual
artist with a degree in sculpture from the Faculty of Art at the Universidad Nacional de
Córdoba. She has received a group grant for production from the Fondo Nacional de
las Artes, an incentive grant for Young Artists from the Fundación Banco San Juan and
was a finalist in the Premio Itaú Cultura in 2014. Since 2015 she has been a part of the
collective Proyecto Baldío, dedicated to organization, production and experimentation
in the field of art and public spaces in San Juan.

Santa Cruz
Patricia Viel

Patricia Viel has lived and worked in the Province of Santa Cruz since 2000, where she
continues an intensive artistic career that includes production, teaching, cultural
administration and curation. Her work centres around the challenge of living in Patagonia,
the distance between the centre and the periphery and the climate, geography and
politics of the area. From painting, Viel branches out into other disciplines such as video
installations and video art to think about the territory and ways of inhabiting it as a focal
point for production. She is an independent curator of exhibitions where she seeks to
promote the regional scene by bringing together artists from different parts of Patagonia.

Trip
A playlist from the Listen [Visual Sounds] cycle


The curators of the Listen [Visual Sounds] cycle, Jorge Haro and Leandro Frías,
have made this playlist on Spotify to introduce a very varied group of artists
(electro-acoustic, concrete music, noise, electronica) with a specific bond with a
region of Argentina: by birth, choice or circumstance. The list features pieces by
Juan Namuncurá (Mapuche), Gonzalo Biffarela (Córdoba), Hugo Druetta (Santa Fe),
Ricardo Pérez Miró (Santa Fe) (In Memoriam), Elsa Justel (Buenos Aires), Ricardo
de Armas (Buenos Aires), Beatriz Ferreyra (Córdoba), Andrea Pensado (Buenos
Aires), Francisco Ali-Brouchoud (Misiones), Melmann (Buenos Aires), Jeremy
Flagelo (Santa Fe), Juan Sorrentino (Chaco), Tripnik (Chubut) and Yamil Burguener
(Chaco).

Libro online

  

Esta semana compartimos la publicación realizada para acompañar la exposición
Sol Pipkin: Piltriquitrón Inside, que tuvo lugar en las salas del museo en 2014-2015. El cerro
Piltriquitrón, que se eleva a 2.260 metros sobre el nivel del mar en la ciudad de El Bolsón
(Río Negro) es la geografía fundamental que Sol Pipkin tomó para realizar este proyecto en el
que el paisaje natural, los recorridos del senderismo y la señalética propia de su lugar de origen
se transformaron en espacios escultóricos.

La publicación contiene un texto introductorio de Rafael Cippolini y fragmentos de una
conversación entre él y la artista, así como imágenes de la obra de Pipkin, sus referencias
visuales y su propia letra escrita.

Tutorial to draw your room
Run by Gonzalo Prieto

Let’s find things you’ve never noticed before: take a look around your room to make a
picture using recyclable materials. Don’t forget to share the results with us by tagging
us on your social networks!

Sound library
Chapter 1

When you see an artwork, what sounds do you imagine? Throughout 2019 and during
the summer of 2020 we asked that question to groups of school pupils on tours organized
by the Education Department. This video features images from the exhibition Ad Minoliti:
Soft Museum
and recordings from those tours. We invite you to add new voices to these
characters. You can use your voice, hands or other objects to generate sound. Record
your efforts and upload them onto your social networks. Don’t forget to tag us!

The Elderly in Action Programme
Myths and legends
Hugo Schamber and Alcira Jesiotr

Guided by the concept of Active Old Age, The Elderly in Action is a programme run by
the Education team at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires involving several
different projects for older people. One of them is the ‘Group of 8’, which includes Hugo
Schamber and Alcira Jesiotr, among others. They discuss the artwork La boca del infierno
[The Mouth of Hell] by Florencia Bohtlingk and share myths and legends from the area
that inspired the artist. Leave your comments underneath the video!

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