Field photos: a visual “telegram” of the world of the gauchos

Men with provocative eyes, calloused hands and elegant in their attire; Men who work from dawn, mounted on horseback and deploying different skills, according to the Argentine geography that they have been lucky enough to inhabit. The gauchos that the photographer Aldo Sessa presents in the exhibition that opens to the public tomorrow at the Kirchner Cultural Center speak of a timeless character who proudly displays both his craft and his accessories in the Pampas plain, the Patagonian steppe or the wetlands Litoraleños.

In short, Gauchos (the show) gathers 45 photographs in black and white, except two large color scenes, 2.70 mx 1.66 m. A debut for the experienced Sessa with images of similar measures. “Personally it is a success to be able to put myself at the level of the place where they are exhibited,” said the photographer to LA NACION, on a tour of the assembly in the CCK. He added: “I have not seen many museums or places of exhibitions in the world with rooms of the magnitude of those of this cultural center.”

The photographs are displayed on the two levels of the Great Lamp Room, on the sixth and seventh floors. They were taken between 1993 and last year in Alta Gracia (Córdoba), Rio Gallegos (Santa Cruz), Tapalqué and Luján (Buenos Aires), Jujuy, Corrientes, San Juan and other localities of the country. And he selected them among the 50,000 gauchesque photographs he has in his archives. “On the world of gauchos there is much to say. This is just a telegram.”

In addition to the still images, the show includes the continuous projection of two videos with the development of the “live” sequence that the photographer captured in some of the places where they were taken.

Sessa has been developing the gauchesco theme in its projects for more than 25 years. He’s a specialist. He knows and teaches that the man of the field develops skills according to his place: on the coast, for example, they are amphibians. They are doing a lot for the country and are anonymous people who are watching over the production and occupy spaces that generate wealth.It is very healthy people, Good, kind, educated. Showing them in the Federal Capital represents something very important because the city turns its back on the gaucho. ”

In several diptychs of Photo Visual (as in “Cabezadas”) there is a paradox in the contrast of the accessories: silver among the implements of Buenos Aires, where the port and commerce were, and leather in the north of the country. Route to Upper Peru, where the metal was abundant. “They are simplifications of a tradition that stays alive,” he said.


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