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Tango Argentino. Faszination Buenos Aires

Carlos Hulsch Gallery, supported by the Argentine Embassy is hosting an exposition in conjunction with a book presentation by the argentine photographer Eduardo Blidner

September 12th, 2016
Andreea Stretea, News from Berlin

From July 7th until September 2nd Carlos Hulsch Gallery is hosting an exposition showing 40 photos, in black and white, signed and dated, by Eduardo Blidner. The photos are part of the book “Tango Argentino. Faszination Buenos Aires” that includes 75 images taken by the photographer.

Eduardo Blidner was born in Buenos Aires in 1959. For many years he worked as a business Technical Consultant, after which he decided to dedicate his life to professional photography, a career that he pursued for more than 20 years. From 2000 onwards he has exhibited in Argentina, USA as well as in many European countries such as Germany, Italy or Britain but also China and Japan. Besides being a photographer he also wrote for Argentine Photo Magazine and received several international awards. Usually his pictures reflect landscapes, cityscapes, portraits of artists, dancers and actors. Unfortunately, Eduardo Blidner died in 2015 in Buenos Aires during preparations of the exhibition and book.

The photos exhibited in the “Tango Argentino. Faszination Buenos Aires” captures the spirit of Tango rooted in the cityscape and urban humanity in Buenos Aires. He describes his work as the “fractural seed of Tango that can be found in the alleys, streets and dance spots of Buenos Aires.” The Argentine Tango was born in Buenos Aires, over 100 years ago in an era of Victorian values. As dance, music and a way of life, Tango is linked without a doubt to Buenos Aires, the city in whose infamous harbour areas the dance emerged. The first one was banned for the alleged immorality, the close cavorting couples were forbidden to dance because it was considered indecent and immoral. This view still lingers in our society, making Tango still seem erotic and subtly dangerous.

Tango was known in Europe in early 1913, when a Parisian group of artists featured dance, songs and music in their show. It eventually became the expression of a national feeling and quickly grew famous worldwide. Several countries developed their own national version, the most outstanding being Finland’s version – Satumaa – and Slovakia where it is claimed as a national dance.

Tango Argentino, Faszination Buenos Aires will be exhibited in honour of the Argentine artist who died at the end of 2015. Blinders images connect the intensity of the Tango dance to the history of this port city that is Buenos Aires. The ghosts and pagan fertility myths form the native past now dance together with a melancholic remembrance of home imported within the international immigration population.

The former chief lector of the Nicolai Editorial, Mr. Dierhelm Kaiser, will present the photography book, properly honouring the artist. Prof. Alex Baumgartner, whom has known and studied the work of Eduardo Blidner for many years, will also honour his memory from the aesthetic and historical-artistic perspective.   

The exhibition, made possible with the Argentine Embassy’s support, can be seen from July 7th until September 2nd in the Carlos Hulsch Gallery, Berlin from Tuesday to Friday, from 15:00 P.M till 19:00 P.M and with appointment agreed telephonically.


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