Raúl Damonte Botana worked under the pen name Copi – short for copito de nieve or snowflake – is rightfully regarded as one of Argentina’s most impactful creative minds.
Born in Buenos Aires to a radical father whose critique of Peron’s government forced the family to Uruguay, Haiti, and later to New York. Copi’s legacy begins for many with the work he created once settling in Paris, where he would live out the remainder of his life. While not defined by any one genre, his contributions as a cartoonist and playwright put him on the world’s stage. His novels also garnered an almost cult following in some circles following his death in 1987.
In addition to his novels, plays and cartoon images, Copi was a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and fought for progress for a community he was part of and featured in his work up until his death from complications related to AIDS.
The Centro Cultural de Kirchner is bringing together a collection of photographs, drawings, manuscripts, posters, original theatrical projections, and an impressive stage backdrop by artist Juan Stoppani that was featured in Copi’s 1983 play Le Frigo to give visitors a chance to get to know the Argentine genius and his work a little bit more deeply.
Centro Cultural de Kirchner
Sala (room) 101 on the primer subsuelo (first lower level)
Wednesday, July 13th through Sunday, July 17th
12 noon to 7 PM