PINTA BAphoto: A VIBRANT 2023 EDITION
Pinta BAphoto closed its 19th edition at La Rural, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The fair specialized in photography –a unique format in Latin America– brought together artists, gallery owners, collectors and art lovers to explore the best of contemporary photography.
The fair was curated by Irene Gelfman, Bárbara Golubicki, Francisco Medail, Vero Santalla, María A. Iovino Moscarella and Estefanía Papescu. Rosario Villani and Vanesa Castellani were the guides of the fair's Guided Tours circuit.
This great 2023 edition had the usual sections: Main Section, Fuera de Foco, Artist Tribute, Wunderkammer and Video Project; but presented new galleries, spaces and proposals to explore other facets and expressions of photography, such as Simetría Doméstica, a publishing house of artists' books and the Special Project by Adriana Lestido (Rolf Art Gallery) and Andrés Ramírez Gavira (Vermelho Gallery).
In addition, a great milestone of the fair was the Auditorium 2023 series, with talks, interviews and presentations of artists' books, summoning important references of photography in Latin America. These meetings established a journey between the history and the future of photography, with dialogues on artificial intelligence, collecting and the visual memory of the country. A tribute to Boleslaw Senderowicz was presented and books by various photographers were shared with the public.
As every year, the Open Files section, coordinated by Veronica Santalla, was part of the fair's program, with the aim of disseminating the work and vision of Latin American artists.
Awards and Acquisitions Program
This edition of Pinta BAphoto included an Awards and Acquisitions program aimed at strengthening the market. Premio In Situ had its first edition in Buenos Aires at the fair to continue with the mission of making Argentine artistic practice visible. The award was given to Yuyo Gradiol from Crudo Arte Contemporáneo gallery (Rosario, Argentina) and Roxana Ramos from Satélite gallery (Córdoba, Argentina). Both artists are part of the Fuera de Foco selection, curated by Bárbara Golubicki.
At the same time, the Amalia Amoedo Collection selected Alejandro Kuropatwa's "Untitled" (1992) from the Vasari Gallery, which participates in the main section of the fair; the Alec Oxenford Collection acquired three works by the legendary artist Oscar Bony from the Smart Gallery, selected by curator Mariano Mayer; Jean-Louis Larivière for the Larivière Foundation for Latin American Photography acquired two series by the artist Cecilia Lenardón from the Subsuelo Gallery.