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‘Facundo de Zuviría: Siesta Argentina and other modest observations’ at Americas Society

Inspired by the vernacular architecture, design, and urban landscape of Buenos Aires, photographer Facundo de Zuviría (b. 1954) captures the intimate and often unnoticed details of daily life in his images of the Argentine capital. On view January 25 to April 1, 2017.

Siesta Argentina [Argentine Siesta] series, ed. 2/3, 2003 (one of 36 gelatin silver prints), 10 x 12 ¾ in. each. Collection of Diane and Bruce Halle.

Facundo de Zuviría: Siesta Argentina and other modest observations centers on de Zuviría’s extraordinary photo-essay Siesta Argentina. Originally conceived as a photobook, the series was triggered by the 2001 “corralito crisis” — the social and economic downturn that shook the Argentine nation. Published in 2003, Siesta Argentina is being presented for the first time in the United States. The exhibition is curated by Gabriela Rangel and Alexis Fabry.

De Zuviría charted the effects of the corralito through 36 black and white photographs of the shuttered storefronts he encountered during his walks through the capital. At times marked by graffiti and other signs of public discontent, the repetitive frontality of de Zuviría’s closed facades attests to the depth of the crisis, documented with a conceptual dryness.

“The introspective and roving images of Facundo de Zuviría operate in dialogue with the work of North American artists Martha Rosler and Zoe Leonard,” says Rangel, Americas Society chief curator and Visual Arts director. To highlight such transnational connections, Rosler’s The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems (1974–1975) and Leonard’s Analogue (2007) are publications featured in the exhibition alongside de Zuviría’s acclaimed photobooks.

In addition to Siesta Argentina, the exhibition also includes vintage photographs from de Zuviría’s earlier series.

Opening and Panel Discussion: January 24, 7–9pm
Photographer Facundo de Zuviría engages in a conversation with co-curators Gabriela Rangel and Alexis Fabry, along with artist Martha Rosler, and photo-historian Maria Antonella Pelizzari. Read more.

Facundo de Zuviría: Siesta Argentina and other modest observations continues at Americas Society (680 Park Ave, New York, NY) from January 25, 2017 through April 1, 2017. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm. Free and open to the public. 

For more information, visit  as-coa.org/visualarts or contact [email protected]