Thursday, December 8, 2005

Photo Exhibition "Argentine Tango - from Buenos Aires to Sofia"

TanguerIN Tango Studio
jointly with the Red House Center for Culure and Debate and Classica Gallery


photo exhibition

Photographs from the contest Las Milongas en Argenina (Buenos Aires, 2005) and
The Argentinean Tango in Bulgaria (Sofia, 2005)

13 - 30 December (closed on Sunday and Monday)
Opening: 11 December, 6.00 p.m.
The Red House Center for Culture and Debate, 15 Ljuben Karavelov St., Sofia

sponsored by LINEXA PROPERTY
media partners: Edno Magazine, Retro Radio

"Milonga 2" by Luis Micou, winner of the contest Las Milongas en Argentina

The photo exhibition "Argentinean tango - from Buenos Aires to Sofia" aims at showing how argentinean tango is represented and experienced in two places in the world, Argentina and Bulgaria - two distant countries with respect to both geographical position and historical relation to tango. Argentina is the birth place of tango, where this music and dance have been part of people's daily lives for more than 100 years. Bulgaria is a country where the authentic argentinean tango appeared only in the last decade, but quickly and surely gains popularity.

The exhibition is situated in two parts. The first part exhibits the photos from the photo contest Las Milongas en Argentina, the fruit of a joint effort by the VII Buenos Aires Tango Festival, the Argentine School of Photography and Fotomundo magazine, sponsored by Kodak Argentina. This contest aimed at directing the photographer's eye to milongas as representations of the Argentine popular culture but excluding the stage tango sphere. The pieces were meant to depict people at dancehalls, clubs, parties, on the street, or any dance gathering where a feeling is embodied, taking shape to the rhythm of Tango. They could also reflect an atmosphere, the wait-by-the-table ritual, the decoration, the orchestras indeed, as well as those details that contribute to a deeper understanding of the milonga essence.

The second part exhibits photos from a similar contest, which took place in November 2005 in Bulgaria and was jointly organized by TanguerIN Tango Studio, The Red House Center for Culture and Debate and the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Bulgaria. The aim of the Bulgarian contest, named The Argentinean Tango in Bulgaria was to represent the activities of the tango community in Sofia. During the opening of the exhibition the winner of the contest will be announced and awarded a prize.

Combining the best works from both contest, the exhibition shows how the spirit of the music and the dance erases the borders, the distance and the differences between two nations and will serve as a cultural bridge between Bulgaria and Argentina. The exhibition will also be a big milonga - during the opening hours argentinean tango will be played and all the visitors will be free to dance.

"All we need is..." by Ludmil Dimitrov, official selection of the contest "The Argentinean Tango in Bulgaria"