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Marcel Antelo Serie Chapadmalal #7, 2011

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Marcel Antelo, Serie Chapadmalal #7
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  • Medium

    Photography : digital

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    14.2 x 16.5 inch

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    Photography on paper

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    Not framed

  • Type

    Unique work

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    Artwork sold with an invoice from the gallery

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    In the 1970s, he regularly spent vacations in Chapadmalal. My parents, workers of the middle class, determined to be able to join the upward social mobility, possible in these times on the basis of "sacrifices" and of savings, succeeded in building a "typical family" which, with very controlled resources. , could spend a vacation in the Complex of Mar del Plata. This complex, located 30 km. de Mar del Plata, on Route 11 and built under the decree of President Perón in 1945, it was intended to "realize the rest of the working class family, considered utopian or unachievable without state tutelage" and its aim was to make possible the access of the working population to places of tourism. It is made up of 19 bungalows and 9 hotels, including two of "category A" (n ° 1 and n ° 2) and 7 of category B, n ° 3 being "children". The Nº1 and Nº2 were used by people belonging to the government fundamentally and the coup, to the higher ranks and to “rich” families, which was in contradiction with the purpose of its creation. The project was in charge of the Ministry of Public Works, headed by General Pistarini. Its type of building was the so-called "pavilion" which at the time was used for the construction of public buildings. Its construction took place in several stages. It was completed under the presidency of Perón and the work passed into the hands of the Eva Perón Foundation. For its execution, the expropriation of the Martinez de Hoz Estancia Chapadmalal, of approximately 650 hectares, was "decreed". It was completed in 1954 with the construction of the administration, medical services and Hostería del Lago buildings, although it had already been inaugurated in 1950. The word "Chapadmalal" is of Araucanian origin and means "Swampy corral", that constitutes a toponymic irony, because it has nothing like a corral or a swamp. In my story, it is the proper name. The memory of this mythical place appeared to me as empty spaces, full of absences, with images of family moments not exactly happy, but rather melancholy. Solitary games between "barracks" with pretensions of amusement parks, in my memory they were nothing more than the setting, the setting of a terribly distant time. So I decided to take the time to photograph this set of pavilions by the sea. The weather and the sky were not a circumstantial detail but a conceptual and aesthetic choice. For many Argentines, this place is symbolic in many ways; political, social, economic. For many, it is a symbol of Peronism and its ideology. For me, it's more than all that. It is the "Chapadmalal" of my childhood, drowned sounds, the smell of an alcohol heater for the companion's water, blurry photos of houses, a distance so great that I had to go back and "re-process" in order to appropriate these moments of my childhood life to me. Marcel Antelo, May 2011
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Marcel Antelo


Photographer, visual artist. Graduated in Cs. Economical. He completed his training with Eduardo Gil, Gabriel Valansi, Alberto Goldenstein, Fabiana Barreda and Ariel Authier.

He participated in group exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Chivilcoy (Pompeo Boggio Municipal Museum Photo Gallery), Bariloche and Berlin (Germany). He participated in the 2009 National Visual Arts Salon and in 2010 his portfolio was chosen as one of the three best in the XVI Open Encounters-Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires.

He exhibited individually, in June 2011 his work "children in casting " at the Teatro de la Ribera Photographic Space, curated by Juan Travnik and at the Wussmann gallery, he mounted his Photographic Installation "Chapadmalal" in September 2011.

He participated in the FotoFest 2012, Houston, Texas and in August of that year he exhibited at the Recoleta Cultural Center during the Festival of Light. He exhibited his work "children in casting " at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Salta, in a solo show from May to August 2013.

His projection of photographs "Hanami" was part of the project "Invisible" presented at BA Photo in November 2013.

In August 2014 she was selected to participate in the "Coordinates Project" with her work "Niños en casting ".

He currently participates in the Gabriel Valansi Work Laboratory, works in teaching and in his personal work.

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Marcel Antelo, Serie Chapadmalal #7
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