An exhibition in La Gran Lámpara room of El Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK) centers around gaucho culture in Argentina. The series, “Gauchos”, was designed by renowned Argentine photographer, Aldo Sessa.
Only 49 images out of over 50,000, captured between the years 1993 and 2016, were carefully selected for this photo series. Sessa traveled for several years to different provinces of Argentina in order to capture both black and white and color images of the gaucho life. The photos highlight the customs, tasks, and skills of the culture as well as the geographical makeup of the land, ranging from Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia to the Northwest and the coastal wetlands. The horses, outfits, and landscapes all tell a story of the gaucho lifestyle.
“We have set up an exhibition that can be very attractive to visit, has a very good staging, a soundtrack with sounds of the field, very subtly placed, that express the sensations of the field. You can see some fantastic videos in slow motion which show things that I have also done in my photos, it is like an installation to some extent … There are portraits, landscapes, and photos in action of different skills of the gauchos,” Sessa adds.
Sessa was born in Buenos Aires in 1939 and has been involved with photography as a child; his grandfather founded los Laboratorios Cinematográficos ALEX in 1928. Sessa studied painting in the De Ridder studio and later collaborated with the rotogravure system of La Nacíon’s newspaper.
Since then, he has been recording Argentina’s land and people for 50 years and this work has been displayed in more than 200 exhibits in both Argentina and abroad. Under the publisher Sessa Editores, his work has found its way to 50 books which also include authors like Jorge Luis Borges, Manuel Mujica Láinez, Silvina Ocampo, Silvina Bullrich, and Ray Bradbury.
The exhibit has been going on since March, but it is only open for one more week. You can catch a glimpse of the series until June 20th on the sixth and seventh floor of the CCK from 1:00 to 7:00 PM.
For more information and photos, visit the CCK website.