Argentinian based photographer, Mariana Fuentes Zamorano gives us the inside information on the best places to see in her home city, Buenos Aires.
Hi! My friends know me as Eme like the letter ‘M’ in Spanish. I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1986. I graduated three years ago in Photography Direction. From that moment on, I’ve been doing seminars, courses and workshops. Last year, I was chosen to be part of a programme for contemporary artists, “EPAC” at Galería ArtexArte. Besides teaching photography and cinema, I’m also getting into video installation and have been featured in exhibitions with a group called Morbo. Alongside all of this, I still take photos with film cameras, almost for eight years now.
I find it a bit hard to write about my hometown because it’s a city so full of cultural activities that I don’t know where to start. Although there are activities for all people and tastes, I’ll talk about what I enjoy the most.
As a visual artist, two of my favourite places are MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires) and MAMBA (Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires). Both buildings are located in San Telmo; one of them used to be an old cigarette factory, and the other one has incredible architecture. Both museums offer very interesting exhibitions and courses throughout the year.
Another spot I enjoy visiting is the Botanic Garden, in Palermo. It’s full of different varieties of exotic plants. Its greenhouse is simply breathtaking, although it’s not always open to the public. The best time to visit is in the autumn/fall and spring.
For a nice tea-time, my first choice is Le Pain Quotidien. It is a lovely place to spend the time reading a book and drinking a nice cup of berry tea along with a slice of Belgian bread and home-made jams.
A few months ago, I moved to San Telmo. Near to that neighbourhood, is the Ecologial Reserve of Buenos Aires, a highly-recommended place to go for a ride or even for a walk. When I’m there, I get the feeling that the air I breath gets purer, little by little. Something similar happens to me when I visit Tigre, a city well-known for its Delta and the “Puerto de Frutos”, a place where you can buy all kinds of furniture, amongst other stuff for your house.
All the places I’ve mentioned above are located in Buenos Aires. I didn’t want to end the article without writing about Puerto Madryn, a city located in Chubut, in the Patagonia. When I first visited it, I fell instantly in love with it because it’s such a beautiful place and so pure. In Puerto Piramides, you can go whale watching from July to November. And another great place to visit is Gaiman, a Welsh town a few kilometres away from there.
See Mariana’s showcased work on Central Station here.
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