Room for reflection: FoLa Gallery opens in Buenos Aires

Photographic space in Buenos Aires
Argentinean photographic expert Gaston Deleau has opened a new photographic space in Buenos Aires, FoLa
(Image credit: Photography courtesy FoLa Gallery)

FoLa is the latest addition to the blooming Buenos Aires arts scene, offering a multifaceted platform for the appreciation of Latin American photography. Owner Gaston Deleau has over a decade of experience working within the local photographic scene, as co-founder of the Buenos Aires Photo fair that he co-launched, sowing the seed for FoLa, which opened 12 years later.

'FoLa is not an art gallery; rather, [it's] a place to exhibit and reflect on photography, which provides a space to generate dialogue for the community, and a home for Argentine photographers,' he explains. It already boasts a private collection of over 250 Latin American works.

Located in the heart of Palermo, the 1,200 sq m hub is divided into three exhibition spaces, with an auditorium, offices, storerooms and a backroom. Housed in a vast converted warehouse and designed by Kelly Lestard Maldonado, white washed walls and polished concrete floors run throughout with industrial detailing such as the curved metal girders overhead.

A specialised bookshop located at the entrance stocks in-house publications, special editions and artist portfolios in limited numbers. In addition to the regular exhibitions that run throughout the year, the FARFOCO (The Annual Forum for Reflection on Contemporary Photography) programme will commence in March 2016, alongside a portfolio revision initiative, offering a residency programme for international artists.

Latest addition booming arts scene

It's is the latest addition to the city's already booming arts scene

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Home for Argentine photographers

Deleau didn't intend FoLa to be a conventional gallery space – 'rather,' he says, '[it's] a place to exhibit and reflect on photography [...] a space to generate dialogue for the community, and a home for Argentine photographers'

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The permanent collection

The permanent collection includes work by Luz María Bedoya, Elena Damiani, Maricel Delgado, Nicole Franchy, Roberto Huarcaya, Diego Lama, Andrés Marroquín and Hans Stoll

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Temporary exhibition of photos taken by Leo Matiz, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Currently on show is a temporary exhibition of photos taken by Leo Matiz, a close friend of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

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Private collection

The space already already boasts a private collection of over 250 Latin American works

(Image credit: Photography courtesy FoLa Gallery)

FoLa also houses a specialist photography bookshop

FoLa also houses a specialist photography bookshop, where guests can browse in-house publications, special editions and artist portfolios

(Image credit: Photography courtesy FoLa Gallery)

INFORMATION

For more information, visit FoLa’s website (opens in new tab)

Photography courtesy FoLa Gallery

ADDRESS

FoLa
Godoy Cruz 2620/2626
Distrito Arcos (Palermo)
Buenos Aires

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