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The International Meeting Place


Karen Haas

Encuentros Abiertos, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Elda Harrington is an international curator that has been involved in the world of photography since 1984. She is a curator, teacher, and photographer, and has managed cultural and photography-based institutions for more than 25 years.

In 1989, Harrington founded Encuentros Abiertos-Festival de la Luz, and has served as Director since its inception. The organization hosts a Photobiennalle during each even-numbered year, which takes place across many cities in Argentina during the month of August.

Additionally, Harrington has served as Director of Escuela Argentina de Fotografia for the past 30 years, and as President of Luz Austral Foundation, created in 1999 to promote photography through festivals, publucations, and the organization of exhibitions in Argentina and abroad. She has been invited to many festivals to review portfolios, and to present lectures on Argentine Photography.

Elda Harrington is interested in seeing many kinds of photography, with the exceptions of commercial photography and photojournalism. Harrington is able to invite photographers to exhibit in Argentina, and regularly advises many other national and international institutions and publications on different works.

Silvia Mangialardi

Artistic Director
Encuentros Abiertos, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Silvia Mangialardi is the Artistic Director of Encuentros Abiertos in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is a Founder and former Director of Ediciones Fotográficas Argentina. Until 2012, she served as Director of Fotomundo, an Argentine Photography magazine founded in 1966. She has edited many books and curated numerous national and international exhibitions.

As a journalist, Mangialardi interviewed many of the most important figures in contemporary photography: Jack Delano, Joel Peter Witkin, Ralph Gibson, George Rousse, Larry Fink, Chema Madoz, Rafael Navarro, Martin Parr, Agnes de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, Willy Ronis, Marcos López, and Sara Facio, to name a few. These interviews have been published in Argentina and abroad.

Mangialardi has been invited to jury many important international competitions, coordinates various cultural events, and is regularly invited to review portfolios at photography festivals. She has lectured on contemporary photography in places such as the Houston Center for Photography (Houston, Texas), Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History (Corpus Christi, Texas), and The Americas Society of New York (New York, New York).

She is interested in reviewing all kind of bodies of work, except those of a commercial nature. She can provide opportunities to be a part of exhibitions in Argentina and Latin America, and can write articles for different media outlets.

Session Two

The International Meeting Place

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