This new section provides a platform for collaborations and crossings between Latin America and the rest of the world in a dialogue based on inviting foreign and Argentine galleries to work together.
Rather than a curator, three “Art Ambassadors” were invited to design and oversee this section. Chosen for having supported arteBA in different ways and contexts over the years, the ambassadors are Patrizia Sandretto (founder and president of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; member of International Council at MoMA and at the Tate Gallery; member of the New Museum’s Executive Board; member of the Advisory Committee for Modern and Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art); Abaseh Mirvali (executive director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara); and Mercedes Vilardell (president of the Acquisition Program for African Art at the Tate Modern; member of the International Committee of Patronage at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid). The initiative is based on the idea of using the Art Ambassadors’ professional networks and knowledge of the international gallery scene, but also of the local art community—its artists as well as its collectors.
As Mirvali, the curator of three editions of arteBA’s U-TURN section, explains, the aim of Cardinal Site this year is to “strengthen artistic and intellectual ties between Argentina’s excellent artists and the international community that visits the fair.” The galleries invited to participate are based in countries like the United States, Italy, Belgium, and South Africa; they will present projects featuring Argentine artists such as Diego Bianchi (Buenos Aires, 1969), Tomás Saraceno (San Miguel de Tucumán, 1973), David Lamelas (Buenos Aires, 1946), and Horacio Zabala (Buenos Aires, 1943). Other local galleries participating in the initiative are Ruth Benzacar, Herlitzka + Faría/Henrique Faría Fine Art, and Pasto. “We hope to center in on Argentine artists. We want not only ideas and proposals to be imported, but also dialogues and local assets to be exported. We also hope that the galleries that come from abroad succeed on this more unified platform.” Participating foreign galleries are Pink Summer (Genova), Whatiftheworld (Cape Town), Jocelyn Wolff (Paris), LTD (Los Angeles), Jan Mot (Brussels), and Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg).