Meet Me in New York: Discovering Seaport with Nahuel Ortiz Vidal

The Director of Barro introduces the gallery’s new space in New York – ‘the capital of the art world’ – and outlines histories of Argentinian art, including their Frieze New York presentation of eco-conceptual artist Mónica Giron

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In this video, we survey the neighborhood of Seaport with Nahuel Ortiz Vidal, Director of the Argentinian gallery Barro. In 2022, after 8 years of operation in the vibrant arts district of La Boca, Buenos Aires, Barro launched a new space in Seaport, with the strong belief that New York is ‘the main capital of the art world.’ 

Vidal explores the changing face of Seaport post-COVID, the area historically known as a financial district, and the benefits of the community in this burgeoning arts neighborhood. He also introduces us to important legacies of Argentinian art, their current showing of activist artist Marcelo Pombo, and Barro’s presentation of esteemed eco-conceptual artist Mónica Giron as part of the Focus section of Frieze New York 2023.

About Mónica Giron

Monica Giron hanging works from the series Trousseau for a Conqueror
Monica Giron presenting Ajuar Para Un Conquistador, 1993, in the studio. Photo by Carolina Antoniadis, 1993. Courtesy the artist and Barro

Mónica Giron (b.1959) was born and raised in Bariloche, a city in Argentina’s southernmost Patagonia region. Her work is centred on the Earth, its movements and inhabitants, exploring themes of explore deceleration, ecology, responsible use of natural and energy resources.

Over the last forty years she has created various series about Patagonia and its significance, creating works in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, textiles and 3D printing in biodegradable materials. 

Barro will present the series Ajuar Para Un Conquistador or Trousseau for a Conqueror (1993) for the Focus section of Frieze New York. The works consists of a set of merino wool pieces of clothing including pullovers, leggings, gloves, and scarves made for birds facing extinction. The title refers to the geopolitical history of Patagonia, appropriated by many cultures over the centuries; it also has another meaning as a set of funerary objects, and as such holds a poetic allusion to the extinction of the region’s species, as we are presented with small garments for bodies that may soon be no longer present. 

Mónica Giron’s important work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the current retrospective ‘Mónica Giron: Querandí Connections’, at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, running until August 26, 2023.

Clothes for an Andean Flamingo
Mónica Giron, Ajuar Para un Conquistador, 1993. Wall installation, variable dimensions. Merino wool and buttons. Pullovers, leggings, gloves and scarfs for birds in Patagonia: Andean flamingo

About Barro

Barro is a contemporary art gallery founded in 2014 in Buenos Aires, committed to the positioning and promotion of Argentine artists, residing both in the country and abroad.The gallery is located in the traditional dock district of La Boca where its exhibition space takes up an industrial warehouse of more than 400 square meters. Since its establishment, the gallery has maintained the focus of its program on multidisciplinary proposals and on the creation of liaisons, both in the Argentine and international scenes, to promote a critical dialogue and the development of new audiences. 

About Frieze New York

Frieze New York returns to The Shed in Manhattan from May 17 to 21, 2023 and promises to be an unmissable event. With an unparalleled selection of galleries and artists, alongside a critically acclaimed curated program the fair is a highlight of the global art calendar.

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