Curator: Bárbara Golubick
A sector devoted to the exploration of different procedures, languages and materialities the photographic medium makes possible.
In this way, the curatorial proposal of Fuera de Foco reinforces the purpose of giving visibility to the work of emerging artists and galleries from all over the country, and to serve as a platform where its heterogeneity enables the presentation of the medium's universe of possibilities. Photography as an experimental record of the world, as an exploration of the relationship between memory and archive, or as an intense modulation between intimate gaze and social reality finds a flexible and receptive space to open up to a renewed public.
In this edition, the section will not only have the presence of a larger number of galleries than in previous years, but will also offer each of the projects a wider space to display their gaze.
The projected image
The proposals gathered around the Fuera de Foco Section work with photography from its overflow and its boundaries. They understand the photographic medium no longer as an autonomous language, but as an enabler of plural and diverse languages. The photograph, approached from this hybrid perspective, becomes a mechanism that opens up working spaces, investigative paths, conceptual operations, narrative strategies, climatic possibilities. Integrated as a tool, photography is placed at the service of a project that exceeds it but needs it. The result of this common effort to expatriate it from its documentary destiny is decentering. As a practice, it assumes a variability very similar to infinity: we see the unfolded powers of the photographic artifact as a gestural record, as a vestige, as fiction, as plastic art, as sculpture, as light, as ornament, as poetry, photography as...
Galleries and artists:
Satélite (Córdoba), Artist: Roxana Ramos (Salta)
Abre Galería (Córdoba), Artist: Dolores Esteve (Córdoba)
Crudo Arte Contemporáneo (Rosario), Artists: Juan Ignacio Cabruja (Rosario) and Yuyo Gardiol (San Carlos Centro, Santa Fe).
La Portland (Paraná) + Preciada Galería (Buenos Aires) Artists: Federico Roldán Vukonich (Paraná), Javier Soria Vazquez (Salta), Ariana Beilis (Santa Fe)
Selvanegra Galería (Buenos Aires), Artist: Malena Pizani (Caracas, Venezuela/ Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Ungallery (Buenos Aires), Artist: Julieta Tarraubella (Argentina / Perú)
Premio In Situ will have its first edition in the city of Buenos Aires, within the framework of Pinta BAPhoto 2023.
Continuing with its mission to make Argentine artistic practice visible, it will award a recognition to an artist or gallery participating in the Fuera de Foco section.
Artist: Roxana Ramos (Salta)
It is a gallery that started its activities in 2021 and is interested in the production of alternative networks of linkage and circulation of contemporary artistic practices. Its directors are two artists from other provinces, who have been living and working in that city for some years. From the idea of satellite, and from its geolocation in the center of the country, the gallery proposes to orbit connecting the production of artists from different territories, to generate experimental, collective and dynamic spaces for exchange, promotion and commercialization of artistic works. Satélite has physical spaces for residency, production and exhibition with an incipient collection of contemporary art that aims to promote collections that dialogue with their context.
Project: Satélite presents works by salteña artist Roxana Ramos that respond to projects -Mano Alzada (2021-2023), Lugarareña (2002-2004), Trabajo de campo (2022-2023) and Tecnología del aliento (2021), where the underlying question lies on the future of practices that abandoned their productive purposes to enhance the poetics of gesture that, like a mantra, insists on a genealogy of memory. In this research, photography functions organically as a vestige, as a trace, as a record.
Abre Gallery (Córdoba)
Artist: Dolores Esteve (Córdoba)
Abre Galería was founded by Lourdes Carranza and Luz Novillo Corvalán in Córdoba in 2018. The Gallery specializes in the dissemination of contemporary art and the formation of new audiences. It has two locations that have the particularity of being domestic spaces: a house and an apartment. Away from the idea of the white cube, Abre proposes new ways of exhibiting works of art, allowing a more sensitive and intimate approach to the viewer. Abre works with a diversity of formal languages, in addition to promoting projects and publications that accompany the production of works of art.
Project: Abre presents the series Fotonovela by the artist Dolores Esteve, whose work revolves around the photographic image, experimenting with different media and formats. In the case of this series, made during 2023, the artist brings together in the same piece a set of photographic images that coexist with literary stories of her authorship. In this way, image and writing overlap and unfold in a new image, a new form of both languages, where photography could be read as part of a story.
Crudo Arte Contemporáneo (Rosario)
Artists: Juan Ignacio Cabruja (Rosario) and Yuyo Gardiol (San Carlos Centro, Santa Fe)
Crudo Arte Contemporáneo was born in Rosario in 2012 founded by Yuyo Gardiol as a space for training, residencies and artistic experimentation. In 2014 Fepi Farina joins the work team and in 2018 they started the gallery, beginning to work with a permanent staff of artists, developing an annual program of exhibitions and participating in national and international fairs. From the beginning, one of the particularities of the gallery was the federal profile of the staff, related to the networks and links forged through residencies and training opportunities offered with artists from different geographies of the country. With two locations in the city of Rosario, in addition to holding exhibitions and having a storage space in one of them, the other one hosts residency and training projects.
Project: Crudo presents a proposal composed of pieces by Juan Ignacio Cabruja and Yuyo Gardiol. In both projects, the work with photography focuses on the plastic qualities of the medium: color and light are approached in their specificity, bringing this approach to an experimental look at photography. In this way, Gardiol's cell phone shots printed on satin and Cabruja's led light on canvas are connected through pictorial explorations of light.
La Portland (Paraná) + Preciada Gallery (Buenos Aires)
Artists: Federico Roldán Vukonich (Paraná) + Javier Soria Vazquez (Salta) + Ariana Beilis (Santa Fe)
La Portland + Preciada is an alliance that seeks to accompany the work of contemporary artists from Argentina who are located far away from the centers of circulation. La Portland is a platform located in the Bajada Grande neighborhood of Paraná, Entre Ríos, where one of the most prosperous factories in Argentina used to operate. It works to bring artistic practices closer to the community, to open the artwork, routes and projects of the artists of the province to the world. It cooperates with spaces and institutions for the realization of exhibitions, residencies, educational and cultural programs. Preciada is a gallery that accompanies the work of artists from the northwest of Argentina. It promotes productions in new formats and aesthetics for their insertion in fairs, workshops and the production of artists' books.
Project: The proposal brings together three artists who use photography as one of the strategies to approach their poetics, although this medium is not the only resource present in their productions. Federico Roldán uses spaces and objects configuring them on a potential basis, where viewers are immersed in a universe of their own with roots that mix fantasies with life experiences, crossed by the symbolic, the poetic and the sense of humor. Javier Soria looks for external stimuli to affect self-absorption and comfort, through relocation, displacement and the management of optimal spaces, to create and execute specific projects. On the other hand, Ariana Beilis uses the human body as the main support for her work. She uses everyday materials and humor to evoke a connection between loneliness and the collective unconscious. The final pieces emerge as objects that record these actions and can take the form of photos, videos, installations or sculptures.
Ungallery (Buenos Aires)
Artist: Julieta Tarraubella (Argentina / Peru)
UNGALLERY was born in 2016 with the mission of showing curatorial projects that transcend the merely commercial in their exhibitions. It also aspires to be a vehicle to make visible the work of artists from the interior of the country, with regular exhibitions that summon them. Contemporary art is its main field, with special emphasis on including photography and video as well as the work of modern artists whose "timeless" validity links them to contemporaneity.
Project: Fantasy Exists (2023), a project by Julieta Tarraubella, explores the resistance of subtleness and magic in an urban context dominated by anxiety and fear. The exhibition project builds a story about a group of elemental beings in their attempt to re-materialize their companions transformed into cement and iron because of human disbelief and uneasiness. The photographic pieces, experimentally and handcrafted in a photochemical laboratory, revisit the uses of photography in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when it was used as a means to evidence the magical and paranormal.
Selvanegra Gallery (Buenos Aires)
Artist: Malena Pizani (Caracas, Venezuela/ Buenos Aires, Argentina
Selvanegra is a contemporary art gallery born in November 2017 under the direction and desire of Silvina and Josefina Sícoli. This space is a project of management and commercialization of pieces by working artists that propitiate a space for experimentation and thought, focusing on feminisms, with the intention of generating a link between the artistic circuit and the art market, in pursuit of a conscious collecting. In 2023 it opened its new headquarters on Av. Cordoba 433 in the City of Buenos Aires.
Project: Selvanegra presents the work of Malena Pizani (Caracas, 1975). A series of photographs taken in 2012, called "There is a minimum space between things that is impossible" where the artist stops portraying people and begins to make portraits of cats. This new version of the setting of the series focuses on the mystery that the photographs spread through a reiterative look at the out-of-field. Also exhibited is a diptych where photography also replaces a presence, without resorting to the human figure. A plant and a skin are present in this environment where photography functions as the proprietor of a thick atmosphere.