August 2022  


In the eighteen installments of this virtual newsletter turned into a magazine, we have presented articles authored by forty-one experts, scholars in their disciplines, and frankly, not even in the most enthusiastic forecasts did we imagine this scenario.

The publication has earned its place and it is our commitment to advance in this line of tasks, we refer to the diversity of topics and the depth of analysis in the topics addressed in each issue.

We were born in the midst of a pandemic and today we look perplexed at the new normality. New? Normal? Surely these must be the questions that so many scientists are asking. The health issue has left us with a chronic alert, climate change is accelerating without countries applying the necessary measures that affect their own interests for the benefit of humanity. Famines continue their course, the "nation" of exiles scattered around the world grows in number of victims and wars -including the one in Ukraine- continue their march with the sequel of death, pain, destruction and uprooting.

Immersed in this storm, we walk towards the future guided by the hope of reaching a time of change. Letters, arts and crafts build their mission in that sense. This is Hilario's destiny as a means of communication, to inspire wills and arouse concerns, and we intend to do it together with you.

Robert Vega Andersen


Photographing the Afro-Argentine Present: the Destéfano Collection.

By Norberto Pablo Cirio

The House of Indo-Afro-American Culture "Mario Luis López" [1] was founded in Santa Fe [2] by the marriage of Lucía Dominga Molina and Mario Luis López in 1988 and since 2002 it has been operating in their home. Despite economic problems and the loss of almost its entire library due to the flooding of the Salado in 2003, it is positioned as a benchmark in the (inter)national framework in this political field and, with more than three decades, it is the oldest Afro-Argentine institution working.

In January 1998, its founders devised a photographic survey of Afro-Santa Fesinos, a task carried out by José Alfredo Destéfano. Cirio presents this collection, the only one of its kind in the country.


An Egyptian mummy in Buenos Aires: “our humid temperament is ungrateful to him”.

By Irina Podgorny *

On May 6, 1854, the Association of Friends of the Natural History of Plata was established for “the conservation and promotion of the Museum of Buenos Aires”. Among the pieces already assembled was a mummy from Egypt and her sarcophagus covered with hieroglyphics, a donation made by Tomás Gowland, who had also delivered “an Egyptian statue”.

The society took charge of promoting the museum until 1862, transferring it from the convent of Santo Domingo to four rooms of the university, on the corner of Perú and Alsina streets.


The Pampa fabric from Azul: ponchos and girdles.

By Guillermo Palombo *

We are before a detailed essay on the indigenous textiles located in the city of Azul. Its author, who was born there and where he lives today, brings us a detailed essay on the origin and identity of an artisanal manifestation that transcended community use, adopted by the Creoles and revered by collectors. Regarding their ethnic affiliation, Palombo maintains that it is known that the denomination "pampas" (or better "lelfunches"), applied to indigenous people, can only be accepted as a geographical value that groups different biases.


Sobre la exposición Materiales Seoane. Entre Galicia y Argentina

By Silvia Dolinko *

Until November 27, 2022, the exhibition Materials Seoane is exhibited at the Enrique Larreta Spanish Art Museum in the city of Buenos Aires. Between Galicia and Argentina. In tune with the transatlantic condition of the double cultural anchorage of Luis Seoane (Buenos Aires, 1910 – A Coruña, 1979), this exhibition has been conceived and developed in dialogue between Argentina and Galicia, in a pooling of pieces from collections of the two stages in which the artist performed. As the curatorial proposal, by Pablo García Martínez and the author of these lines, maintains, in this journey that combines material searches, iconographies and devices developed from its two geographies, it aims to enable the review of stories and plots of the artistic modernity in which Seoane was a leading actor.


From Nubia to La Plata. The unlikely journey of Abraham Rosenvasser.

By Don Hilario

It could be thought that this documentary is the last achievement of the Egyptologist Abraham Rosenvasser (1896 - 1983), head of the Franco-Argentine expedition that between 1961 and 1963 carried out a unique mission to rescue the Egyptian ruins in the north of Sudan, before that were covered by the waters of the Aswan Dam, Egypt. But it is also fair to recognize the merit of documentary filmmaker Ricardo Preve, who was able to create a work that captivates the viewer by transmitting a human and scientific message.

Argentines in North Africa and experts on that Egyptian civilization that still amazes us today with its monumental remains and new finds, preserved in the sands of an immense desert? Yes, there were (...)


The book and its world in Argentina. First half of the twentieth century.

By Roberto Vega Andersen

From the point of view of an antiquarian bookseller, the idea is to create a fresco on the history of books in our country throughout the last century (in the September issue we complete its tour); transcend the cold data and enter the universe of the printed word with all its peculiarities. The theme, so rich and diverse, forces us to march through different spaces and we do so with the aim of reflecting the harmonious concurrence that has taken place throughout this period between public spaces and private activity around the book.

The protagonists of this story will be writers, editors, layout designers, printers, booksellers, antique dealers, auctioneers, critics, historians, librarians, bibliographers and bibliophiles.


In the footsteps of the Centennial International Exhibition. Buenos Aires, 1910 - 2022.

By Guillermo Vega Fischer

Cities constitute one of the most complex and wonderful constructions of human creation. In them our species displays its civility and capacity for coexistence, being also reservoirs of its cultural heritage, its technological development, its science and its art, they are also witnesses of its history. Every corner, every street and every square speak to us, sometimes with mute signs, of those who built them or wounded them in battles, and also of those who destroy them. Cities grow like palimpsests, those ancient manuscripts that, due to the lack of paper, preserve scriptures from different eras, superimposed one on top of the other.


The protection of cultural heritage

By Pablo Luis Gasipi *

The instructive and heartfelt lines of Guillermo Vega Fischer on the buildings and monuments of the International Exhibition of 1910 in Buenos Aires, leave a question: are there laws for the protection of cultural heritage in the Argentine Republic?

The answer is yes; the preservation and protection of the objects that constitute the group known as "material cultural heritage" is provided for in the National Constitution, (...)


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