BAphoto is Latin America’s most important art show dedicated to photography. Since its emergence in 2005, BAphoto has been working to promote the development of the photographic medium within the artistic field and the appreciation for its production internationally. With sixteen years of rich history, the show has become a touchstone for Latin American photography and a space for dialogue between artists, curators, critics, specialized journalists and new collectors increasingly interested in this medium.
In light of the peculiar and uncertain global circumstances, BAphoto is transforming its face-to-face annual show into a special online edition that invites the global community. Thus, BAphoto Live emerges: a virtual space dedicated to the promotion, circulation and commercialization of Latin American photographic art. This platform is specifically designed according to the current circumstances, offers the public a specific selection of works from forty art galleries from different regions and trajectories. Simultaneously, BAphoto Live allows access to free curatorial content aimed at further stimulating interest in photographic production and expanding its reach to a global audience.
BAphoto presents LiveTalk, a series of conversations with local and international artists, curators, collectors, gallery owners and museum directors, dedicated to collaboratively investigating different aspects of photography and contemporary art.
In this first edition, the Guatemalan photographer Luis González Palma will talk with the visual arts journalist María Paula Zacharías about their creative processes and current artistic challenges proposed by the unstable global condition.
LiveTalk # 01. Conversations with artists
Saturday 20.Jun.2020 12pm ARG | Limited places
Coordinator: Vero Santalla
The main sector is BAphoto’s most expansive section, consisting exclusively of national and international art galleries. This edition, the section will be energized by the participation of thirty renowned galleries.
Every year BAphoto presents a sector dedicated to prominent Institutions that work to advance culture. These consist of foundations and companies that carry out specific exhibition projects and actions to promote the medium of photography among their local communities, as well as to reach broader audiences.
Starting in 2015, BAphoto implemented a tribute program to photographers who have had an active participation in the field of Argentine photography. This feature aims to recover and reassert the value of a figure within local history.
Heritage photography matures over the years. The discovery of new treasures and the study of their authors enriches this assessment that is affirmed in artistic and historical guidelines. We accompany the evolution of its prestige by editing our Photographic Catalog N ° 7, another collector's work. And in this revival of the old photographic processes, for the first time we do it accompanied by a contemporary artist, the Nicaraguan photographer María José Guerrero. Majo resides in Lima, Peru. We present works of her authorship and in dialogue with the Peruvian master photographer Javier Silva Meinel.
Links Project is another one of the crucial proposals constituting BAphoto. It is a project dedicated to strengthening the curatorial practice within the field of Argentine photography. Based on the selection of participating galleries, a young curator or pair of young curators is invited to choose a group of artists from different galleries and carry out a dynamic exhibition proposal.
Fuera de Foco is a sector of solo projects that is thoroughly committed to the exploration of the different procedures, languages and materials especially enabled by the photographic medium’s unique qualities. With the aim of making the work of new generations of artists visible, Fuera de Foco invites four galleries to present an individual, installation and experimental proposal, and combines them to promote an open space for cross-disciplinary dialogue that generates new aesthetic experiences and enriches understanding of the art form.
The Tijuana Fair, the first art-specific print fair organized in Brazil, celebrated 10 years of existence in 2019. Created by Galeria Vermelho (São Paulo, Brazil), the Tijuana Fair was opened in 2009 through a partnership with CNEAI | National Center for Edition and Printed Art (Paris / Pantin, France). During its first decade, Tijuana specialized in connecting Latin American publishers and has become itinerant, with editions in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Lima and Buenos Aires. Today Tijuana works with a network of publications that covers the production of countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Since 2016, BAphoto and Tijuana have organized Tijuana Photobook, an area dedicated to publishers of artist books, with a special focus on photobooks.
Fine Art Music Show is the section of the fair aimed at establishing insightful relationships between the fields of photography and music. Through the enhancement of different photographic productions, the aim is to relive historical moments of 20th century music and understand the importance of photography in the representation and diffusion of different musical styles worldwide. For its second Edition, Fine Art Music Show presents The New Argentine Wave: photographs from Editorial Atlántida, a selection of photographs on the recognized phenomenon of youth masses linked to rock & roll and cultural industries that changed the ways of leisure and consumption in the continent at large.
Exhibited artist Roberto Huarcaya (Rolf Art)
Out of Box – a new section in BAphoto – is dedicated to photosensitive productions made without the use of photographic cameras. In its debut edition, Out of Box invited the Peruvian artist Roberto Huarcaya (Lima, 1959), who is exhibiting for the first time the installation Padres Danzantes de Tijeras (2019), a photogenic drawing of the traditional dance of the same name in Andean culture, harkening back to times of the conquest, and presenting a pattern of resistance to it.
Since its inception, EFG has been characterized by its entrepreneurial spirit, which has led it to become one of today’s leading financial institutions focused on private banking, with presence in 40 countries around the world. That spirit exists in all areas of the organization and aims to deliver creative and agile heritage solutions that ensure enduring relationships.
EFG's commitment to modern and contemporary Latin American art is part of its institutional essence, which together with its entrepreneurial spirit seeks to promote artists and fairs in the region as well as globally.
For the second time the EFG announces its support, as the main sponsor of BAphoto 2019. At the same time, the EFG Latin American Art Award in collaboration with ArtNexus magazine highlights this commitment to the region, its culture and its people.
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