Going Back to Look for the Gray

My last couple weeks in Buenos Aires were a bit of a whirlwind as  I continued my interviews and visits along with the archival research while preparing to leave. One of the questions that started to come up in some of my final interviews was what exactly constituted slave labor and what agency was thereContinue reading “Going Back to Look for the Gray”

Last Weeks in Buenos Aires…

During my last weeks in Buenos Aires, I visited the Fundación Espigas’s Document Center on the History of the Visual Arts in Argentina and got the chance to interview Delia Cancela, one of my favorite artists from the Centro de Artes Visuales of the Instituto Di Tella. Argentina is unfortunately known for being rather negligentContinue reading “Last Weeks in Buenos Aires…”

Crossing Boundaries, Crossing Disciplines

My second interview during my stay in Buenos Aires was with Juan Stoppani, another relevant artist from the Instituto Di Tella who moved to Paris by the end of the sixties. As a member of Groupe TSE, created by Alfredo Arias, Stoppani started a career as a costume and stage designer. Throughout the seventies andContinue reading “Crossing Boundaries, Crossing Disciplines”

The Repercussions of the Luis Viale Fire and the Ghosts of Cromagnon

It has become clear to me that the Luis Viale fire was, at its moment, very important in bringing the existence of slave labor and undocumented immigration into the spotlight, albeit for a limited time. One of the issues that was publicly revealed through the fire was the existing extensive network that smuggled immigrants, mostlyContinue reading “The Repercussions of the Luis Viale Fire and the Ghosts of Cromagnon”

Eloisa Cartonera

The starting point for my research was the work of Argentine writer Washington Cucurto. I intended to interview him during my stay in Buenos Aires but very soon I learned that he is notoriously hard to get in touch with. While very well-known for his novels—most of which are about the lives of immigrants fromContinue reading “Eloisa Cartonera”

First Steps in Buenos Aires: Understanding the Significance of the 2006 Luis Viale Fire

On March 30th, 2006, a fire in a clandestine textile workshop on Calle Luis Viale in the working class neighborhood of Caballito, Buenos Aires, killed  five children and one woman, all of whom were undocumented Bolivians living and working with 50 some other immigrants in the building. My project is to try to understand theContinue reading “First Steps in Buenos Aires: Understanding the Significance of the 2006 Luis Viale Fire”

Memory Models that Move: Thoughts after the “Bajo Tierra” conference

At the end of June, I attended a conference in Madrid that addressed many of the social, political, historical, and ethical debates emerging in response to the excavation of mass graves and the exhumation and identification of victims of political violence in Spain.  Organized by anthropologist Francisco Ferrándiz (CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicos), “BajoContinue reading “Memory Models that Move: Thoughts after the “Bajo Tierra” conference”

Buenos Aires – Paris – Buenos Aires

In my first year as a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at NYU (2010-2011) I’ve developed a strong and consistent interest in Argentine writers and artists who emigrated to Paris in the sixties and early seventies. My examples draw from both well-known and obscure writers, including Alejandra Pizarnik, Edgardo Cozarinsky, Copi,Continue reading “Buenos Aires – Paris – Buenos Aires”

Looking for the Caribbean in Buenos Aires

I’ve been in Buenos Aires for a few weeks, my trip was delayed because of the volcanic ash cloud that shut down most of the airports in the Río de la Plata region. I’m here researching cultural exchanges between the Caribbean and the Río de la Plata and so far, it’s been a very productiveContinue reading “Looking for the Caribbean in Buenos Aires”

Yerba Mate in Posadas, Argentina

With my time in Argentina coming to an end, I decided to make a trip to the city of Posadas. Located about 13 hours to the northwest of Buenos Aires in the province of Misiones, Posadas may be considered the center of yerba mate production. In Argentina, yerba mate is only grown in a smallContinue reading “Yerba Mate in Posadas, Argentina”