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© Esteban Pastorino Diaz, Townhall. Gonzales Chaves. From the series “Salamone”. 2000

Esteban Pastorino Diaz

Exhibition: BPB Curated: A Night In Argentina: Alejandro Chaskielberg and Esteban Pastorino Diaz

Esteban Pastorino Diaz (b.1972) lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1993 he graduated as a Mechanical Technician after studying Mechanical Engineering at College Otto Krause and moved onto the University of Buenos Aires for a further 3 years. He has been artist in residence at several institutions such as; Skopelos Photographic Centre in Greece; Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in The Netherlands and Casa de Velazquez in Spain. Diaz has exhibited extensively in both solo and group exhibitions, his work K.A.P (Kite Aerial Photography) was shown most recently in F Galerija in Lithuania, 2009, but also at the Fundacion Antonio Perez in Spain, 2008, Universidad Nacional in Colombia, 2007 and the Centre for Photography at Woodstock, USA, 2005.

The series "Salamone" (1998-2001) is a black and white essay focussing on the architectural legacy of Francisco Salomone, who practiced in Argentina during the 1930s and the 1940s. The slaughterhouses and cemeteries that were built in provincial towns have symbolic implications that provide an illusion of prosperity which Diaz is keen to explore. His night time photographs use a nineteenth century technique of gum bichromate to focus on the impeccably beautiful facades but allude to the failure of Government to provide the substance for this agricultural utopia. This failure broadens the gap between the fiction we still believe in and the reality we are not yet determined to accept.