May 16, 2022 9:37 am

Fictions, essays and exhibitions travel back in time to the social outbreak of 2001

Twenty years after that mark marked by fire and tear gas on the national calendar, on December 19 and 20, 2001, multidisciplinary exhibitions, book launches and reissues they bring back the past for examination. In addition to the “classics” set at that time -or shortly after, in the gloomy 2002- such as The night of the power plantby Eduardo Sacheri; The weatheredby Gabriela Massuh; The Screamby Florencia Abbate (which the author made available to readers at this link); La mala feby Romina Doval; The year of the desert, by Pedro Mairal, and El waste, by Matilde Sánchez, several novelties return to the “tragic December” of Argentina, among them, the novel of “psychiatric terror” by Marcelo Figueras, All the demons are here; 33 rpm, de Juan Guinot, Y Naphthalene, graphic novel of Soledad Otero, which begins in 2001.

The new novel by Marcelo Figueras, of the horror genre, takes place in December 2001

There was also an avalanche of essays, chronicles and journalistic books with different perspectives on the events, such as 2001/2021. The untold story of the great crisis, the economist and national deputy José Ignacio de Mendiguren; The commune of Buenos Aires. Stories at the bottom of 2001, by María Moreno, Twelve nights de Ceferino Offense, Nothing to wait by Sebastián Scolnik, Argentinian outbursts, by the journalist Mario Wainfeld, I do not regret this love. Stories and events about the popular rebellion, by Pablo Solana, Nadia Fink and Martín Azcurra, and The insurrection as restoration scored by Alberto Bonnet.

The Sudestada seal, in tribute to the journalist and editor Hugo Montero (who died this year due to covid), launched the anthology Two thousand and one. December of the Nobodies, that can be downloaded for free, with texts by various authors, many arrived through an open call for stories about 2001 made by the publisher.

Another book which can be downloaded for free from this Monday (and from this link) is After the earthquake. The Argentine political system 20 years after the crisis (China Editora), coordinated by Facundo Pérez and Gastón Pérez Alfaro. It includes texts by Camila Perochena, Ernesto Calvo, Sol Prieto, Paola Ferrari, María Eugenia Coutinho and Nelson Cardozo, among other analysts, sociologists and political scientists.

"Magic and loss", eloquent title of Anahí Ferreyra's novel about the 2001 crisis and its consequences
“Magic and loss”, eloquent title of Anahí Ferreyra’s novel about the 2001 crisis and its consequences

Magic and loss by Anahí Ferreyra, is one of the novelties that addresses the social outbreak. Co-edited by Milena Caserola and the author’s label, Las Desenladrilladores, the novel gives voice to characters from neighborhood assemblies of that time. From the stories of unemployment and crisis of the 1990s to the repudiation of the state of siege dictated by the Alianza government and the clamor of that time (Que se vayan todos), the novel includes an intimate diary that brings the facts even closer. The author and editor, who sells her books in Parque Centenario, from the beginning actively participated in a fair that was born in the heat of the 2001 crisis, the FLIA (Independent Book Fair and A: alternative, self-managed, friend, loving, walker, crazy, open).

To revive the spirit of that time, in the Haroldo Conti Cultural Center you can visit the group show 19y20. Archives, works and actions that broke into the visual narrative of the 2001 crisis, in the care of Loreto Garin Guzmán and Natalia Revale. The exhibition, which will remain open until February 27, brings together photographic and audiovisual archive material, objects, videos, installations, paintings and drawings that show the intersection between politics, activism and artistic practices around December 2001. After the opening of this exhibition, there were criticisms of an institutional text signed by the director of the Conti, the actress Lola Berthet, who attributed the government of Néstor Kirchner to be the “follower” and “interpreter” of the popular protests. It can be visited at the Haroldo Conti Cultural Center, located in the space of Memory and Human Rights (ex-ESMA), Avenida del Libertador 8151, from Tuesday to Friday from 12 to 20 and Saturday, Sundays and holidays from 13 to 21, with free entry.

In the National House of the Bicentennial Another mega-exhibition travels back in time towards the end of 2001. Memory of chaos. From atomization to popular organization encompasses photographs, installations, and videos. In the care of Verónica Mastrosimone, it has the participation of photojournalists and artists who set their sights on a key moment in the country, such as Fernando Gutiérrez, Rafael Calviño, Graciela Calabrese, Subcoop, Paloma García, Aníbal Greco, Santiago Porter, Victoria Tesoriero, Gonzalo Martínez, Antonio Gómez and Guillermo Viana, among many others. It can be visited in Riobamba 985, with free admission, until January 16, 2022.

"Another day in the streets", painting by Daniel Corvino that evokes the climate of 2001
“Another day in the streets”, a painting by Daniel Corvino that evokes the climate of 2001

An unmissable sample of an artist with forty years of experience, Daniel Corvino, is exhibited on the fifth floor of the Ministry of Economy. Urban expectation groups together eighteen large-format drawings and paintings that the artist made during the pandemic and that reflect social conflicts in urban settings, something that the artist -formed with Santiago Mirabella, Luis Mastro, Marino Santamaria and Luis Felipe Noé- has been doing since 1997. While in His paintings show scenes of demonstrations, the drawings outline empty spaces in black and white due to the health situation imposed by the pandemic. Today, at 4:00 p.m., the artist will participate in a talk about the twentieth anniversary of the 2001 crisis. The exhibition can be visited from Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until mid-January at Hipólito Yrigoyen 250.

In the care of Maricel Álvarez, in the CCK you can see the exhibition Filoctetes Archive: Documents of an intervention which groups together a documentary corpus -classified and preserved over twenty years- of the four editions of Proyecto Filoctetes, the urban intervention carried out by the artist and writer Emilio García Wehbi in Vienna, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Krakow between the years 2002 and 2007. Added to this is the colloquium Filoctetes Archive: Practice disorder. Testimonies and artistic actions around the 2001 crisis, coordinated by Jesu Antuña and Álvarez, and which will feature a series of dialogues about the relationship between art and public space and the question of the archive in contemporary art. More information in this link.

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