An evocative black-and-white photograph by artist Gerardo Korn
An evocative black-and-white photograph by artist Gerardo Korn

Argentine-German artist Gerardo Korn's photographs of Buenos Aires at Cosmic Heart Gallery in Mumbai

'Behind the Scenes ~ Buenos Aires, a Unique Tribute’ over six years is presented by Cosmic Heart Gallery and the Consulate General & Promotion Centre of the Argentine Republic in Mumbai

Renowned Argentine-German artist Gerardo Korn’s striking black-and-white photographic narrative of the streets of Buenos Aires, commenced in 2011. The compilation 'Behind the Scenes ~ Buenos Aires, A Unique Tribute’ over six years is presented by Cosmic Heart Gallery and the Consulate General & Promotion Centre of the Argentine Republic in Mumbai.

Korn’s 30-year-old camera shutter has managed to capture the magical stillness of the dead of the night or the early hours of the morning. The unusually empty spaces reveal the beauty of the neighbourhood and their streets bathed by diffused light and by dew, leaving an indelible mark on the pavements.The unique story behind each frame allows audiences to connect to the city considered to be the Paris of South America. The exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Argentina.

Freezing these moments for posterity wasn’t always what his keen eye stumbled upon. Korn timed and awaited the opportune moment - like when the entire city was transfixed to the TV, watching Argentina in the finals of the World Cup, the busiest intersection of the street was his alone. This meant a patient and persistent wait of up to two years and three winters to recreate the snow and foggy image, envisioned by him with trees called 'Tipas' bereft of leaves for just the month of October, of ‘Plaza San Martin’.

“My photographs are the result of my inner urge to portray my hometown off guard. and only for me to be its only witness. For me, it is no less than a revelation, almost as if it were a spiritual journey. India will be the third continent I exhibit my work in.” said Korn on the eve of the exhibition. 



The photographer's beautiful journey of discovery began with his father teaching him the basics in 1977. Since then, his project which delivers the essence and emotion of the city have been declared of cultural interest by the Buenos Aires City Legislature.

For the last three years, Korn has been dedicated to a street photography project in Buenos Aires - alongside a film project 'The Goddess in the Pool', where he shares the story of a fantastic work of art by renowned Argentine painter Guillermo Roux.

What: Behind the Scenes ~ Buenos Aires. A unique tribute by artist Gerardo Korn

When: 11am – 7pm Tuesday-Saturday till 31st August, 2019

Where: Cosmic Heart Gallery, G-2a, Court Chambers, 35-New Marine Lines, Mumbai 400020; Tel: 022-2208 5926

View artworks on - http://www.cosmicheartgallery.info/artists/GK/gerardokorn_artworks.html

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