Shutterbugs, take note: Latin America’s most important photography fair, BAphoto, will take place once again at La Rural expo center in Palermo from September 6-8, 2019. A space where artists, curators, critics, collectors, and fans can come together to celebrate photography in all its forms, BAphoto was launched in 2005 to promote the development of the medium and highlight the region’s talent on an international stage. The 15th anniversary edition of the far will include different homages, photobooks, conferences, and a very special exhibit curated by Valeria González and Mercedes Claus.
The photography fair is more than just a place to see beautiful images hung on the wall. Since 2015, BAphoto has included a variety of strategic programming to meet the needs of the industry as well as strengthen certain aspects that allow for its further evolution and development. For example, this year marks the second edition of the Fine Art Music Show, the part of the fair that establishes links between photography and music by showing works that depict some of the 20th century’s most iconic music moments. Visitors won’t want to miss la nueva ola argentina, a selection of photos from the Atlántida publishing house taken during the early 1960s. More than 20 images of legends such as Palito Ortega, Johnny Tedesco, Violeta Rivas, Sandro, and more reflect the boom of the decade’s youth culture as it intertwined with the emerging rock n’ roll phenomenon.
It will also see the premiere of Out of Box, a new section dedicated exclusively to experimental projects showcasing works that have been made without the use of cameras. Peruvian artist Roberto Huarcaya will show his Padres Danzantes de Tijeras (2019) – a photogenic drawing the traditional Andean dance of the same name – for the first time ever. The work is an offshoot of Huarcaya’s Andegramas project, a series of photographs made in the Peruvian Andes at nearly 5,000 meters above sea level, in the heart of the native communities that live there.
As in past years, BAphoto 2019 will honor pioneers and legends of Argentine photography. Curated by Francisco Medail, artists such as George Friedman, Juan Di Sandro, Frans van Riel, and Pepe Fernández have been featured. For the 15th anniversary edition, Pedro Otero was selected. Born in Avellaneda, Otero’s La fotografía y la música was a key element to the work produced in the 1950s. It’s a surrealist series of images that was first shown at Salon Peuser in 1956, popping up at galleries and photo clubs before ending up at Rio de Janeiro’s Museum of Fine Arts in 1959. Currently, some of Otero’s work forms part of the permanent collections at the Modern Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MAMBA) and the Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA), but it’s been more than 20 years since the series has been exhibited in full.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, however. The fair promises a jam-packed agenda (like these incredible photos of Buenos Aires in the early 20th century) that will keep you busy all weekend long, so don’t forget to check out BAphoto website for all of the juicy details. What’s so great about the fair is that even collectors that are just starting out (or that are poor, like me), can connect with up-and-coming artists and galleries. You don’t have to have millions of dollars to buy great art, and at BAphoto there really is something for everyone. An insider’s tip: If you go on Sunday toward the end of the evening, artists and gallerists eager to travel lightly back home are often more than willing to make a deal.
The complete list of participating galleries is as follows: AG Studio (Buenos Aires), Aldo de Sousa (Buenos Aires), Arte Online (Buenos Aires), Artis (Córdoba), ASZ Fine Art (Buenos Aires), Black Gallery (Maldonado), Carmen Araujo (Caracas), Cecilia Caballero (Buenos Aires), Crudo Galería (Rosario), DC Arte (Bogotá), Diego Ortiz Mujica (Buenos Aires), Eduardo Lira (Chile), Fotema (Buenos Aires), Gachi Prieto (Buenos Aires), Gallery Labs (Miami), Imaginario (Buenos Aires), La Sala (Santiago de Chile), Matilde Bensignor (Buenos Aires), Nora Fisch (Buenos Aires), Oda Oficinas de Arte (Buenos Aires), OM Arte Contemporáneo (Buenos Aires), Pasto (Buenos Aires), Quimera (Buenos Aires), Rolf Art (Buenos Aires), Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte (Buenos Aires), Sasha D (Córdoba), Struka (Buenos Aires), Via Margutta (Córdoba), Younique (Lima), Vasari (Buenos Aires), Zona de Photo (Buenos Aires).
BAphoto 2019 | September 6-8, from 2 PM – 9 PM | La Rural, Pabellón 8 – Av. Sarmiento 2704 | Tickets can be purchased directly at the entrance to the fair | AR $200, AR $100 pensioners, children under 12, and university students | Web | Instagram | Facebook