Amid the celebrations for the 25 years of arteBA, and in collaboration with the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, the arteBA Foundation is pleased to present arteBA Focus / Distrito de las Artes, a new platform for exhibiting contemporary Argentine art, which will take place on November 12 and 13 at Arenas Studios (Av. Pedro de Mendoza 965, La Boca).
arteBA Focus / Distrito de las Artes is a fair in curatorial form, devised especially for Argentine galleries. It offers a new form for exhibiting, promoting, and selling contemporary art. The curatorial committee, made up of Florencia Battiti and Mariana Rodríguez Iglesias, has the task of working with the 30 participating galleries representing a total of 80 artists and works to be displayed in an ad hoc layout designed by Ariel Jacubovich. Also collaborating on the selection of pieces using video is curator Karina Granieri.
During this weekend, a retinue of professionals, collectors and museum directors from all over Argentina will be part of arteBA Private Tour, a program devised to strengthen the ties with the entire country’s art scene and its major players. In this second edition – the first of which, in 2015, offered a survey of 22 galleries in the City of Buenos Aires – participants will visit the main cultural institutions in the Arts District. In the course of the tour a special guided visit of arteBA Focus will be offered, in addition to breakfasts with curators, receptions in museums and art galleries, and special events.

Curatorial Text

On the New Edition of arteBA Focus / Distrito de las Artes

To think about, and work with, what we now call “contemporary art” implies recognizing that it is a matter less of a historical and/or esthetic category than of a system that gives itself definition and specificity by acting out of its own pieces, that is, by producing works, relations and ideas. It is while it is happening that contemporary art sketches itself, erases itself, and redraws itself, over and over again.
In this sense a new experience for the public with the works, and of the artists themselves and gallerists with their peers, implies much more than a market effect: it means renewing the opportunity to equalize, to the rhythm of present time, the ever changing notion of the contemporary.
Probably one of the most remarkable characteristics of this edition of arteBA Focus / Distrito de las Artes is the cohabitation in one exhibition space of galleries with long experience with younger, even fledgling ones. This “horizontality” in the layout of the spaces corresponding to the galleries promises to give added tautness to the bow of contemporaneity and clarity to fresh dialogues between the works of all the artists participating. This plan, which seeks to end the dichotomy between the established and the emergent also responds to an obvious symptom of our era: the fall from a linear and progressive perspective as an interpretive frame of our environment.
Together with the directors of the galleries, we have chosen a maximum of three artists per participating gallery, with the aim that all proposals reflect the intense experimentation of local art production. Some of the parameters that have oriented our research were focused on the experimentation of artistic languages, critical reflections on reality (including the art world itself) and the various forms of media (material and discursive realities) which the artists are using in their intent to confront, via the poetic, the spatio-temporal complexities we find ourselves immersed in. In turn, with Karina Granieri’s valuable collaboration as video curator, we have chosen a set of audiovisual pieces which will be projected in two micro-cinemas designed especially for that purpose, and a set of works that naturally incorporate the language of video, in hybridizing combination with sculpture, installations, essay, rehearsal and performance. Thus, as a curatorial team, we have taken up the tension between art and market as a productive situation that does not disable critical reflection and acting upon our environment.
Another crucial aspect that we have especially contemplated was the strong personality of the architectural space is which the fair is being held. To turn this huge manufacturing ship into a white cube partitioned with provisional paneling did not seem like a very sound decision. So it was that, together with the architect Ariel Jacubovich, we worked on a museum plan that would privilege and respect the physical, conceptual and poetic dimension of the works, the dialogues between them and with the space and, of course, communication with the public. In turn, apart from the traditional architecture of stands, this is also a lucid response to the perception of our world as a correlative of concatenated phenomena, uninterrupted, in which loans, editing and renovation are the keys to whetting vistors’ curiosity. Thus, the installation design of this edition of arteBA Focus / Distrito de las Artes is a practical response to this state of an ongoing present. In a context where there is no clear, standard compass for everyone, there emerge, by way of a solution, the individual routes every visitor can take, offering everyone a chance, in consequence, to devise their own absolutely personal and singular logbook.
On the other hand, in expanding its influence to unsuspected limits, contemporary art has turned into a prolific non-place at the same time that a situated, plural, expanded existence, possessor of a unique hospitality in which to carry out the encounter with a space of identification.
Drawing up this sort of map makes clear some of the problems that artists are tackling, such as reflection on what an artist’s work implies; the performativity of the artist’s body, besides their work; the porousness of the border between inside and outside, between sensation and action; the expansion of the boundaries and traditional disciplines, without this detracting from deepening one’s professional function; speculation on the mystery of language and its ability to communicate or to be totally opaque; exploration of various materialities tied to urban contexts; the question of the other or the construction of an other from within the work. Today, more than ever, works of art are the emergence of a web of complex relations, and those who approach an event like this one should be alerted to the magical-poetic capacity of the works and know that, in them, they will find not so much answers as questions about the world they describe.
Florencia Battiti and Mariana Rodríguez Iglesias

Participants Artist and Galleries

G: Galleries / A: Artists
G: Barro Arte Contemporáneo
A: Nicanor Aráoz / Marcelo Pombo
A: Lucía Delfino / La 7 /
G: Del Infinito
A: Leo Battistelli / Beto De Volder / Andrés Sobrino /
G: Diego Obligado Galería de Arte
A: Mariana De Matteis / Román Vitali /
G: Document-Art Gallery
A: Luis Terán /
G: El Gran Vidrio
A: Fabián Liguori / Damián Linossi /
G: El Mirador Arte Contemporáneo
A: Juan Sorrentino / Federico Villarino /
G: Gachi Prieto
A: Sabrina Merayo Núñez / Kirsten Mosel / Andrés Waissman /
G: Galería Nora Fisch
A: Elba Bairon / Sofía Bothlingk / Julián Terán /
G: Galería Rubbers Internacional
A: Luis Felipe Noé /
G: Hache
A: Diego Figueroa / Leila Tschopp /
G: Henrique Faria New York/Buenos Aires
A: Noemí Escandell / Hernán Marina / Juan Pablo Renzi /
G: Hilo Galería
A: Samuel Lasso / Carolina Zancolli /
G: Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo
A: Pablo Accinelli / Nicolás Bacal / Tomás Espina /
G: Isla Flotante
A: Mariela Scafati / Verónica Madanes / Rosario Zorraquín /
G: Jorge Mara – La Ruche
A: Lucía Mara / Fabio Miniotti /
G: La Arte
A: Soledad Dahbar / Leonardo Pellegrini /
A: Jane Brodie / Dolores Cáceres / Elena Dahn /
G: miau miau
A: Beto Álvarez / Javier Barilaro / Nahuel Vecino /
G: Miranda Bosch
A: Matías Ercole / Hernán Salvo
G: Mite
A: Paulina Silva Hauyón / Valeria Maggi / Marcela Sinclair /
A: Oscar Mauro Cruz / Federico Domínguez Zacur / Claudio Roveda /
G: Pasto
A: Juan Sebastián Bruno / Estefanía Landesmann / Donjo León /
G: Piedras
A: Estrella Estévez / Teresa Giarcovich / Guido Yannitto /
G: Ruby
A: Sebastián Mercado /
G: Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte
A: Daniel Joglar / Luciana Lamothe / Marie Orensanz /
G: Slyzmud
A: Daniel Basso / Valeria Maculán /
G: Sputnik
A: Iumi Kataoka / Taca /
G: UV estudios
A: Básica TV / Federico Cantini / Lolo & Lauti /
G: Walden
A: José Luis Landet /


G: Diego Obligado Galería de Arte
A: Eugenia Calvo

G: Galería Nora Fisch
A: Juan Becú

G: Henrique Faria New York/Buenos Aires
A: Alicia Herrero

G: Henrique Faria New York/Buenos Aires
A: Leandro Katz

G: Isla Flotante
A: Leticia Obeid

G: Ruby
A: Malena Pizani

G: Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte
A: Florencia Rodríguez Giles

G: Slyzmud
A: Alan Segal

G: UV estudios
A: Emilio Bianchic / Lolo & Lauti

G: Walden
A: Gabriela Golder /


Florencia Battiti

(Buenos Aires, 1965) Art historian and curator of Parque de la Memoria.

Full professor of Modern and Contemporary Argentine Art in the Exchange program of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT). Member of the Editorial Council of Public Art Dialogue, a specialized periodical on public art, published by the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. Winner of the Trabucco Research Prize (2013).

She is currently Vice-President of the Argentine Art Critics Association (AACA) and works as adviser at the Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo de América Latina (BIENALSUR).


Mariana Rodríguez Iglesias

(Buenos Aires, 1982) She earned a degree in Arts from the UBA, and is a member of the editorial team of ramona. revista de arte sin imágenes [an art magazine without images], where she coordinated issues 50 and 60, on “Contemporary Poetics.”

She produced the Bola de Nieve project for the Telefónica Foundation. She has designed courses specially requested by the Friends’ Assocation of Malba, courses which served as introductions to artists and artistic questions, and been an adjunct instructor on Collecting and the Art Market as part of the Claudio Golombek chair at the UMSA and taken part in an appointment for the chair of Dr. Andrea Giunta at the UBA.

In 2013 she was chosen and given a fellowship to participate as a critic and curator in the Artists Program of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. She gives clinics and writing workshops for artists, and has been a practicing curator since 2006.


Karina Granieri

(Buenos Aires, 1972) She works in curating exhibitions and meetings, art practices, teaching and construction of space for self-organization.

She is an instructor at UNA, at UMSA, and teaches at the Escuela Manuel Belgrano; she is also currently completing a master’s degree in Contemporary Latin American Aesthetics (UNDAV, CIA). She serves as a consultant for private collections, among them the video collection of the Hotel Meliá Recoleta Plaza. From 2009 to 2013 she was an assistant coordinator of LIPAC/Rojas.

In 2011 she had a curating residency at Casa M, at the 8th Mercosur Biennial. She was the curator in charge of the gallery of the Center of Brazilian Studies Foundation between 1999 and 2007. In 2006 she received the Argentine Art Critics’ Association prize for curating foreign artists from Portunhol-Portuñol. As an assistant curator she has taken part in the Argentine delegation of the Venice Biennale 49, 2001 and the Seventh Cuenca Biennial, 2002.



Packaging as Architecture

by Ariel Jacubovich

We’ve thought of arteBA Focus / Distrito de las Artes as an event for meeting and exchange. This implies both movement of works and human traffic, creating urban itineraries that pause for a moment in one spot, unfold for an exhibition or some other occurrence, and later continue on their route to their next destination.

We propose packaging of the work as an organizing figure for our architectural intervention and as a medium for its functioning. Each of the parts of the projects responds to this logic, in which the outside packaging allows for the circulation, moving and transit of objects, while the inside is organized around its contents: works, activities and uses.

The space near the sandlots in the neighborhood of La Boca, with its century-old industrial construction tied to the history of the neighborhood and the city, will be the container for the exhibition. Within it will unfold a system of six large free-standing, self-supporting modules made up of panels which organize the distribution of the galleries and the general traffic pattern, circulation, and which vary in their curatorial aim. Each gallery will have its exhibition space and at the same time have a differentiated ‘mobile home’ to serve as its office. For the video section two micro-cinemas will be built, and the video installations chosen will be presented in a space attached to the main nave. The proposal is completed with a set of packaging constructions that serve as a medium for the event’s other activities and which, thanks to its reversibility, will link up spaces with the domestic uses of a residence to urban situations: entrance hall – ticket booth, threshold – information stand, living room – chillout space, communal dining room, library – magazine racks, relaxation area – lookout point, terrace – bridge.

Ariel Jacubovich

Architect, and a full professor and researcher at Universidad de San Martín.

He directs Ariel Jacubovich | Oficina de Arquitectura (, a base for architectural project developments and investigations.

Along with the investigation Urbanismo de las asociaciones: arquitectura pública como objeto de consenso en ecologías urbanas complejas [City Planning of Associations: Public Architecture as an Object of Consensus in Complex Urban Ecologies], he is developing an experimental practice related to the possibilities of developing public architecture in a self-governing fashion, in contexts of complex scenarios. This line of work with its collective dynamic has evolved within the platform of C.A.P.A. (Public Assembly Architecture Collective).

As part of his practice he has given workshops and lectures about his work at various universities in Latin American and Europe. His own architecture has been published and exhibited in local and international media. He is participating with two works in the exhibition of the Argentine delegation of the Venice 2016 Architecture Biennale and also with a work in the Venezuelan pavilion.


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