PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIMENTATIONS IN LATIN AMERICA
Vasari Gallery presents the exhibition Experimentaciones fotográficas en Latinoamerica [Photographic Experimentations in Latin America], with the participation of great photographers such as Gertrudes Altschul, Annemarie Heinrich, Agustin Jimenez, Jeanne Mandello, Raul Martinez and Anatole Saderman.
The exhibition brings together a group of vintage photographs taken between the 1930s and the late 1950s by Gertrudes Altschul, Annemarie Heinrich, Agustín Jiménez, Jeanne Mandello, Raúl Martínez and Anatole Saderman. These photographers were protagonists in the development of modern photography in different Latin American countries. Most of them of European origin, they found in this continent the place to develop their art and brought to the local scene the experience of their training. Imbued with the new vision, they experimented with the photographic medium, reinventing the human figure, giving life to still life or exploring the great cities in movement.
The text by Alexis Fabry, curator of the exhibition together with Marina Pellegrini, explains: “The time frame of modernism in the arts is usually set from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, however, the period between the last part of the 19th century and the 1930s has a common denominator: the rise of modernism in Russia, Germany, France and Italy depended on the simultaneity of an ancien régime with the old aristocratic elites, on the presence of a highly formalized academicism in the organized art world that begged to be countered by the various secessions, on the emergence of new technologies such as photography, cinema and radio, and finally, on the proximity between aesthetics and political revolution. In other words, this movement as a generalized phenomenon must be placed on the threshold of a world not yet fully modernized in which the old and the new were violently confronted, generating the sparks of that astonishing eruption of creativity that much later came to be known as modernism.
"It was in this context that photography developed as a new discipline within the field of the arts. Europe produced great master photographers who with their works fulfilled the essential role of every artist: to make us capture the message of reality, helping us to see and interpret a world shaken by change through their images, many of them today converted into masterpieces of the past: as a point of reference and as a starting point.
"Some of these photographers or future photographers emigrated to Latin America for different reasons between the 1930s and 1950s, and there they gave birth to the concept that today is expressed as "auteur photography". Participants or witnesses of the most refined European avant-garde, they brought to local artists the experience of their training and are considered the generation that laid the foundation stone of modern photography as an autonomous means of expression with its own language. They were able to develop their art and found there, their place in the world. A place from which, paradoxically, they were able to project their art abroad. Their works, undoubtedly, are the result of the encounter of two cultures."
Participating artists: Gertrudes Altschul, Annemarie Heinrich, Agustín Jiménez, Jeanne Mandello, Raúl Martínez and Anatole Saderman.
Experimentaciones fotográficas en Latinoamérica. Group exhibition.
Until October 12, 2023.
Vasari. Esmeralda 1357, City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.