Created five years ago, this fair is the only one in Europe to be specialized in modern and contemporary art from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. This year, around 40 galleries from all over the world were presenting their artists to the London public: a rich and boundary-breaking trip.
Top 5 Galleries:
- 3+1 Arte Contemporânea (Portugal)
- Rainhart Gallery (Belgium)
- Galeria Ana Nowack / AAC (Spain)
- La New Gallery (Spain)
- C-Arte Galeria (Argentina)
Pinta Project 2014
Along with the galleries displays, Pinta was also presenting small exhibitions to make us discover different aspects of latin american art. Pinta Project is one of them. This year exhibition takes an interest in art produced by women, and doing so, they invited 8 young women artists from Latin American to show their works.
Here is a small selection of the best projects:
Ana Bella Geiger
The older sister of the selection, know as a key figure in Conceptual Art, comes from Brasil where she still lives and works. The works exhibited, more engaged and political than her youngest, dates from the 1970’s. It includes collages and media installations raising questions about the universal access to human rights and denouncing brutal behaviours towards indigenous people in Brasil.
Check the artist’s page on Henrique Faria Gallery website.
Peruvian artist, Sandra Gamarra is famous for being the founder and curator of LiMac (The Lima Museum of Contemporary Art): a museum without fixed location, presenting only reproduction of existing artworks. The display presents some imitations of the series Homage to the Square by Joseph Albers. At a reasonable distance, they look like real copies but if you get closer to the paintings you realise that some shapes start to appear: photographs of peruvian terrorists in the 1980’s.
The spanish artist presents a series of photographs that document an aspect of the social protest movements that occurred in Spain between 2011 and 2014. She explains that she was away during the events and when she came back afterwards to take some pictures of the traces, they were all gone. The pictures present us with bare walls cover with invisible marks, voices forced to silence.
Visit the artist’s website to see more works.
London based Venezuelan artist Lucía Pizzani gives a poetic and personal response to the classical representation of women in Art. Her works, both ceramics and photographs, is centered around the figure of the butterfly, the woman as a figure of transgression.
For more details, continue on the artist’s website.
Pinta Photo 2014
Pinta Photo is one of the other exhibitions organised on the occasion of the fair. Sue Stewart, the curator of the exhibition, gives us an insight into the current photography practices in Latin America.
Here is our Top 4:
Dafna Talmor. Caracas, Venezuela.
“Through this work, I am interested in creating a space that defies specificity, refers to the transient, and metaphorically blurs space, memory and time.” (The artist)
Discover the “Constructed Landscape” series.
Eugenia Ivanissevich. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“Between the photographic and the sculptural, multiple surfaces and optical perspectives tell a story of migration and belonging. A desire to orientate oneself within a space of memory, within the space of the image, and amongst the various locations depicted within the composition.” (The artist)
Visit her website.
Luisa Dorr. Sao Paulo, Brasil.
“Made in Hong Kong at the avenue of the stars. Analyzing visually the dynamics generated with the mainland china population when they are in Hong Kong. Abusing of selfies, recording every single action in every corner, trying to understand the context trough the selfie experience, and somehow conquering this new world with the “I was there”attitude.” (Artist’s statement)
Visit her website.
Maria José Garcia Piaggio. Lima, Peru.
“It [the Belleza Expresso series] analyses the state of transition in an open hair salon situated in the markets, in a moment that is not usually seen or showed. (…) This women are exposed to the general public while they are in plain transformation.” (Artist’s statement)
Visit her website.
To find more about Pinta, have a look to the fair catalogue.