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  • ICAA Record ID
    750421
    TITLE
    Tucumán arde sepa por qué
    IN
    CGT (Buenos Aires, Argentina). -- Vol. 1, no. 30 (Nov. 21, 1968)
    DESCRIPTION
    ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Press Release
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    "Tucumán arde sepa por qué." CGT (Buenos Aires), vol. 1, no. 30 (November 21, 1968).
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    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

This is an announcement of the forthcoming opening of the Tucumán Arde [Tucumán is Burning] exhibition at the headquarters of the CGT (Confederación General del Trabajo de los Argentinos [General Confederation of Labor of the Argentine people]), on the Paseo Colón in Buenos Aires (November 25, 1968). The announcement features two photos taken by the artists during their second trip to Tucumán, which document and expose the wretched conditions endured by the people who were affected by the closing of the sugar refineries in the region.

Annotations

Tucumán Arde, the best-known group event ever produced by the avant-garde of both Buenos Aires and Rosario, took place in 1968, when radical political and artistic unrest came to a head in various parts of the world. The event involved a complex combination of research, counter-information, and a massive public awareness campaign. The immediate repercussions of the event were huge, as can be confirmed in a number of newspaper articles, many of which appeared in labor union and political publications. 

CGT was the official weekly journal of the CGT de los Argentinos [CGT of the Argentine people]?the labor union that opposed the dictatorship of Lieutenant General Juan Carlos Onganía (1966-70). Under the direction of Rodolfo Walsh, the writer and journalist, this organ published several articles, in three successive issues, that covered the opening of the exhibition in Buenos Aires. 

In terms of the counter-informational goal of Tucumán Arde, it is relevant to mention the weight carried by the publication of photographs taken by the artists themselves on their travels to Tucumán, since they provided an added dimension of documentary value, as well as an actual testimonial of the exposé.

Researcher
Ana Longoni
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location
CeDInCI (Centro de Documentación e Investigación de la Cultura de Izquierdas en Argentina), Buenos Aires, Argentina