Before going into the specific topic about the sample in the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, it is necessary to go back in time to better understand (and pay tribute) the work of a social fighter who was the essence of a project that lasts over time.
Patricia Merkin (1960-2020) left a year ago after a tenacious tour to support the socially excluded with their work. Twenty-one years ago, based on a British experience, TheBiggIssue magazine decided to publish an independent newspaper: “Made in Buenos Aires” which was and is a labor and cultural insertion for homeless people, who collect 75% of its price cover, even today in the pandemic.
Brilliant idea that got a quality newspaper to make a profit on salespeople. This way of reviving the old “canillita” name that was formerly given to the boys and young people who hawking in the streets sold the morning and afternoon editions of the great newspapers, and whose name arose because of the poverty of their old or torn pants revealed the underside of his skinny legs “the shins”, the name given to him by the verses of the Uruguayan poet Florencio Sánchez: I am a canillita / great character / with little twine / and a very bad suit… ..I am not a crook / and for a diary / I am an element / very necessary.
At that time, independent newspapers, those that did not have such a large circulation as newspapers, were not taken up by the large distributors. The sale had to be “artisanal” because even using small distributors, the collection did not cover the expenses, and the sale at kiosks was low. But Patricia Merkin with imagination and will published and sold a quality newspaper, in favor of the dispossessed, in a difficult time.
Here and now at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Buenos Aires
“The endless eye” is the title of the art show that can be visited in the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, dependent on the Ministry of Culture of the City. The Museum, with the idea that reaffirms its project of building a federal, inclusive and accessible museum for all, encouraging an experimental attitude and permanent research, celebrates the beginning of a collaboration, which is part of the Museum’s special projects, with the social and solidarity company “Made in Buenos Aires”That, in the midst of the quarantine as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, they adopted new strategies to keep social construction alive with the online sale of their magazines and the activity of their art workshop that operates on Avenida San Juan 21, a few blocks from the museum, coordinated by Americo Gadpen, who was a student of Enio Iommi and today, together with a generous team, the work of MarkIt is a space for the training and accompaniment of artistic talents. In this project, they not only find the opportunity to self-sustain, but also a broader space of containment, in addition to their social and training services.
In this group exhibition, which has just been inaugurated, the works of Alberto Díaz, César Ferreira, Jorge de Mendonça Gaziba “El Colo”, Helvio Rivero y Hornos, Zulema Razzotti, Fabián Tanferno, Wilson Yogurto and Zulma Villafañe are presented, with curatorship by Victoria Noorthoorn, director of the Modern Museum, and with the collaboration of Américo Gadpen, director of “Made in Buenos Aires”, And Jorge Ponzone, member of the Modern Heritage team.
It only remains for us to visit the museum and enjoy the exhibition.
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Eight artists from the Made in Buenos Aires art workshop perform at the Museum of Modern Art