Scores of Barbadians and Argentinians came together at the Argentine Embassy in Hastings, Christ Church on Tuesday evening as they took part in the opening of a joint art exhibition reception.
The Manchas and Collages – an intervened photography and abstract art joint exhibit – formed part of this year’s cultural celebrations to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between Buenos Aires and Bridgetown.
It showcased the work of Argentine visual artist Poli Baum and Barbadian mixed media artist Llanor Alleyne.
Organized by the Argentine Embassy in association with the Artists Alliance of Barbados and the Barbados Cultural Industries Development Authority (BCIDA), the opening of the showcase attracted a number of officials.
Alleyne and Baum, who both said they had a satisfactory response from the patrons, welcomed the opportunity to showcase their pieces, describing it as a positive move for both countries.
In declaring the visual art exhibit open, Argentina’s Ambassador to Barbados Gustavo Pandiani said the space would be made available for young artists to showcase their work in the future.
“We look forward to having many exhibitions for the rest of the year and of course next year as well,” he said.
He promised continued collaboration between Bridgetown and Buenos Aires in other areas including sport and tourism.
“We are working with the Government of Barbados very closely. So we are not just doing this type of activity here in Barbados, but we are doing a lot of promotion of Barbados in Argentina. In a couple of weeks, we are having for the first time, a cricket workshop in Buenos Aires,” Pandiani announced, noting that a Barbadian cricketer would lead that workshop in the Spanish-speaking country.
“That is a way of cooperating in a real sense. Cooperation is a two-way highway. So we want to learn a little more cricket and we are ready to receive you to teach you a little more about football,” he added.
Pandiani, who previously announced that Argentina would be working closely with Barbados to develop a high quality football team for the next World Cup, said he would be making a revelation about those plans soon.
Minister of the Creative Economy, Culture and Sports John King welcomed the efforts of Argentina to promote Barbados through culture, sport and art, pointing out that 50 years of relationship between the two countries is a huge milestone.
“I hope that as more and more artists come into this space that [it] will be seen as a haven for the arts,” said King, who pointed out that his ministry would be doing what it could to encourage artists to improve their craft.
Throughout the night patrons had the opportunity to mix and mingle with the artists as they enjoyed featured Argentine wines. (MM)