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Faena Festival: Eclectic Art Sets Up Shop in Buenos Aires

Performances and installations explore American identity and multiculturalism.

By | [email protected] | April 9, 2019 4:37pm

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Buenos Aires is currently gearing up for arteBA, the city’s annual contemporary art fair extravaganza. The event brings together over 400 artists from over 25 cities to exhibit some of the world’s most interesting contemporary art and is a centerpiece on the social and cultural calendars year after year.

One of this year’s additions is Faena Festival: This is Not America, a collection of installations and performances that were most recently shown at Miami Art Week—so you know it’s hip. The Buenos Aires incarnation of Faena Festival will incorporate some of these same works, while also adding pieces that are site-specific.

Faena Festival celebrates Buenos Aires’s role as a city that has welcomed – and continues to welcome – immigrants, refugees, and travelers, as well as Buenos Aires’s and Latin America’s multi-cultural landscape. Installations and performances will be scattered throughout various locations around the city.

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Alfredo Jaar’s striking A Logo for America poster will be on display in front of the Obelisco, in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires. The piece will be accompanied by a LED display every hour, on the hour. The work is a reference to the common misconception that the phrase “America” only encapsulates the United States, when in reality, America runs from the top of North America to the tip of South America.  

Av. 9 de Julio and Carlos Pellegrini | April 8th – April 14th | LED display every hour between 7 AM – 12 AM 

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Luna Palva’s stunning collection of totemic objects are also not to be missed. What are totemic objects, you may ask? Picture bronze, organically-shaped sculptures sprouting from the ground. These sculptures represent aftermaths: that of a shipwreck, that of an apocalyptic storm.

Parque Semana del Arte (Plaza Seeber – Av. Sarmiento and Av. del Libertador) | April 10th – April 14th | All day

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Be sure to also catch Cecilia Bengolea’s La Danza de la Esponja, or the Dance of the Sponge, a performance that revolves around “the intersection of the sacred and the profane,” my two favorite things.  

Central Track of the Sociedad Rural Argentina | April 11th | 7 PM 

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Artist Isabel Lewis’s Poolside Pastoral promises to be one of the festival’s most unusual and intriguing performances. The show will play off the energies of attendees such as yourself and will combine choreography, music, speeches, and narratives. Local dancers will perform and plants will be celebrated.

Cathedral Room at Faena Art Center – Puerto Madero | April 11th | 6 PM – 9 PM |

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Finally, Fernando Rubio’s performance When we talk about love features the Brazilian actress Laura Limp, his former partner with whom he shares a child, as well as an Argentine actress. The show is intended to be an intimate, personal experience for the audience.

Faena Hotel – Puerto Madero | April 11th – April 14th | Free tickets can be reserved at

If one of these fantastical, slightly bizarro offerings does not intrigue you, then nothing will. Admission to Faena Festival is free, so no excuses.

For more information and to view the schedule, visit or follow @faenart on Instagram.