September 2022  


September has had us wandering; we held an online auction, we participated in Pinta BAphoto -the most important photography fair in Latin America- and we published our photographic catalog number nine, as always in its printed version. These activities explain why we just presented the delivery of September in the last days of the month.

This publication was born with the desire to bring you exclusive material, and we do so in each issue. Always willing to bring together diverse voices focused on a wide repertoire of topics that involve the arts, letters, trades.

However, it does not escape our gaze that we are just a nutshell in the ocean, a tiny cry of hope in a context that exhibits traumatic indicators, from wild chronic inflation, cries without dialogue, poverty and famine, climate change and wars. , in a simple statement that marks the passage from the national to the international.

From Hilario we have formed a community that already exceeds twelve thousand followers; a significant number of sensitive, curious, attentive people, who inspire us to continue on this route and also encourage us to imagine new actions aimed at improving the quality of life of those furthest from the circles of comfort. We are working on it and we will share a first program.

Now we leave you with the voice of qualified collaborators: Irina Podgorny (this time from Australia), Sonia Decker, Anabella Monteleone, Guillermo Palombo, and Abel Alexander, plus other texts created by our own team.

Enjoy it!

Roberto Vega Andersen


The pampa weaving factory from Azul: ponchos and girdles. Your decoration.

By Guillermo Palombo *

In the August issue we began the publication of this essay on Azuleña textiles with indigenous roots, written by a prestigious researcher from that city of Buenos Aires. The study delves into its ornamental features as well as its cultural roots. Ponchos and girdles woven in that region have a local identity that Palombo defines with the precision of an anatomist.


The rhomboid model

D'Orbigny pointed out that the pampas wool ponchos were adorned "with very original drawings and dyed with colors that are not very bright, but very solid, and of better use than the richer and more expensive ones that are made elsewhere with cotton clothes" [ 43].


An armor for the Southern Cross.

By Irina Podgorny

Australia is a country whose history as a modern nation is related to the principle of "no man's land" and the transformation of that territory into the destination for English criminals.

From that immense island -Australia is the sixth largest country in the world-, Irina Podgorny brings us a text that talks about its history as a prison for British convicts -the penal colonies were closed around 1870, she observes- and stops at an episode that is remembered in the Melbourne Public Library with an exclusive space, whose protagonist was the bandit Ned Kelly, a figure that brings us closer to Juan Moreira in our country, and to Lampião, the Brazilian antihero, Virgulino Ferreira Da Silva.


The two Victorias

By Sonia Decker *

Towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, two Argentine writers were born, united by various circumstances and significantly separated in many aspects. Victoria Ocampo (Buenos Aires, April 7, 1890 – Béccar, January 27, 1979) was undoubtedly the most publicly recognized. Victoria Pueyrredón (Buenos Aires, July 6, 1920 - October 5, 2008) always preferred a low profile. Writing was the passion that united them, although their paths in letters and in their stories were very dissimilar.


Historias latentes. Perspectivas de la fotografía en América Latina.

Inés Yujnovsky (Coordinator).

Publisher Ampersand. Buenos Aires. 2022.

Quarto ( x cm), pages. Publisher's binding.

Photography, warns Inés Yujnovsky, supposes a peculiar way of knowing social reality, but also of creating it. From this perspective, the ten essays gathered -we include as such the Introduction and the Epilogue, texts by the coordinator and by Verónica Tell, respectively- approach photography as an agent of transformation, offering us valuable analytical material on Latin American diversity. from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the present millennium.


Catálogo Fotográfico Nº 9. Hilario

Roberto Vega Andersen, Guillermo Vega Fischer, Abel Alexander.


Hilario. Arts Letters Crafts. Buenos Aires. 2022.


Quarto oblong (20,8 x 22 cm.), pages. Publisher's binding.


The work brings together a selection of old, modern and contemporary heritage photographs, from the first Daguerrean processes to the present. In this delivery with the participation of three contemporary photographer artists: Julie Weisz -the renowned photographer of Open Theater, already titled by the press, the Argentine Frida Kahlo; Eduardo Longoni, a great photojournalist who witnessed historical episodes that have traveled the world, and Sergio Barbieri, who traveled the country with his camera for decades recording the deep interior for the National Academy of Fine Arts and the National Fund for the arts.


Bibliografía daguerreana en el Museo Fotográfico “Adolfo Alexander”

By Abel Alexander*

Descendant of the German-born daguerreotypist, daguerreotype camera maker and photographer Don Adolfo Alexander (Hamburg, 1822 - Buenos Aires, 1881), his great-great-grandson -a renowned photographic historian- provides us with a specific bibliography on this first period of photography in Argentina, not including the classic titles in the history of national photography, such as the works of Federico Palma, Sameer Makarius, Miguel Ángel Cuarterolo, Juan Gómez, Vicente Gesualdo, Abel Alexander and others.


Four eyes for a third.

By Anabella Laura Monteleone *

The Malba occupies a central space in the cultural agenda of Argentina; his exhibition Third Eye. Costantini Collection in Malba attracts a massive public and concentrates the gaze of experts, art critics and historians, collectors and other lovers of these manifestations.


To investigate this success, we bring you the look of the specialist Anabella Monteleone, who begins her text by recalling that the Italian critic Guido Ballo pointed out the existence of four eyes. The first of these was the so-called “common” and referred to the gaze of a certain casual audience that claims not to understand art, but defends a point of view that mistrusts critical discourse. The second was the so-called “snob” and alluded to the orecchiante subject, who “says by ear” from a superficial position that changes his argument according to the prevailing fashion. (...)


Buenos Aires, a walk in the footsteps of 1910.

By Guillermo Vega Fischer

In the first Centenary of Argentina, in 1910, the country knew how to build a scenario of economic and cultural prosperity that called the attention of the entire world. Its International Exposition brought together five central areas - agriculture and livestock, railways and land transport, hygiene, fine arts, and industry - and thirty-five buildings were built with a special design for the occasion. In addition, the country received important donations, magnificent monuments and buildings that continue to arouse admiration and curiosity today.


With this second installment, we invite you to stroll through Buenos Aires after the testimonies of that party.

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