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New art at Art Factory Hostel

More art is always going up in Art Factory Hostel, so much that I’m usually surprised by something new whenever I visit.

Two weeks ago, at the beginning of the San Telmo Art Walk, I discovered this piece on the side of the building upstairs on the terrace.



That space is getting pretty crowded. We’ll need a fireman’s ladder to put anything else up there. You can already see Grothesque’s piece from way down Piedras.

Anyway, I don’t know who painted it but I think it’s pretty rad, as one of my American guests commented.

Out on the walk, we also discovered these new works on the streets of San Telmo





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San Telmo art walk, again!

I got a phone call Monday evening from August√≠n in Art Factory’s reception. A couple of guests had been asking about art galleries in the neighborhood. A bit stumped, I guess, he just decided to call me. So, I organized an impromptu tour for Kim and Suzanne from Holland, and Helena from Barcelona.

They were a smart and engaged bunch and because of that we ended up taking a lot more time than I normally do at each gallery. I love  Wussmann Gallery because Paula takes us upstairs to view the gallery’s “back catalog” and more often than not, curator Cesar Menegazzo wanders out to chat. Try doing that in a New York gallery.

But, it was at  Zavaleta Lab, across the street from Wussmann, that we saw what we all agreed was the tour’s highlight: Paloma Zamorano’s lovely lightboxes.



Click here to read more and see more about this exhibition.

I’m giving another San Telmo Art Walk tomorrow. Please book in advance if you’d like to come.

The tour begins at 2 pm at Art Factory Hostel, Piedras 545 in San Telmo and costs AR $25 for Art Factory guests and students with ID.

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Word of the week: Cuchi

From Manu, in response to a  tweet of mine about being called “cuchi” for the first time here in Argentina. To my knowledge, anyway.

Cuchi:

Cuchi or chuchi is a very popular way of saying “my love,” used always between lovers, family or even as a cheesy pick up line between strangers in the streets.

Cuchi is a loving word very much used in all homes between husbands and wives, boyfriends, couples or strangers that want to say in a nice and sweet way “you are niiiceeee”…

In the latter example it can be augmented by a long whistle.

Photo from PA?’s photostream.

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Word of the week: Katinga

Katinga means very vulgar and low quality. Katinga is an adjective that describes something very cheesy or very cheap and vulgar. Someone’s look or way of dressing can be katinga, as well as a radio song or a soap opera.

If its greasy and vulgar, it’s katinga.

The best way to understand what katinga is to watch this video of 3 peruvian  cumbia stars:



After looking at this, do you have any doubts about what katinga is?

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San Telmo art walk returns

I’ve started up the  San Telmo Art Walks again and hope to conduct them twice a week starting next week. This week there will be an art walk on Friday. As always, at 2pm we first tour Art Factory Hostel, the city’s only permanent and every-changing gallery of street art and graffiti, visit all of San Telmo’s contemporary art galleries and end up looking at the graffiti in Parque Lezama. It’s a long tour but you have the option of only taking it half-way. We usually stop for a repast and a beer or two at La Poesia. Regardless, the art walks cost AR $25 pesos for Art Factory guests and AR $35 for those outside of the hostel.


Last week four cool gals from outside the hostel Googled “art walk Buenos Aires” and found the hostel’s blog. Alexander, a cool guy from Belgium, is staying at the hostel and ended up being the only person who walked with the whole tour. We had fun.



Thanks to everyone who attended and made it a great walk!

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