LA PORTLAND

GALLERY

This project is motivated by our federal roots and our vision that’s projected towards international contemporary art. At 2B NonProfit Foundation, we consider that the province has artists of great potential, who work with commitment on their art. The recognition that these artists have at a provincial and national level demonstrates how current and connected to their environment their vision is. This is why, as the Foundation, we want to provide a Gallery structured in the city of Paraná and international reach through the Foundation’s official webpage in which the work and journey artists will be displayed, as well as the patrons who make our projects possible.
Our challenge is being able to bring the experience of contemporary art to the public, starting by the very vagueness the term “contemporary art” poses, which is being constantly revised.
We lead from that vagueness and take that supposed “lack” as a blank slate to design the projects and activities, researching methodologies and dynamics that prompt the reflection and critical compromise towards art and the contemporary artistic field.
In this way, the activities we conduct are centered around looking for mechanisms that enable working on the journey the public takes, as well as the relations the public itself can establish between the works, the context, and the diversity that might facilitate multiple readings of the works.

CIRCULATION SPACES
The exhibits and promotion the the artists’ work will be presented through different channels:

Gallery space where exhibits of high curatorial level will take place, including three possibilities:
- The central Room of the exhibit
- The occupation of spaces within malls
- Interventions or performances in open spaces close to malls

Digital platform as a base to extend the international reach of the Gallery
- Institutional website: 2bnonprofit.com
- Official instagram
- Production of physical and digital catalogues with artists’ images and bibliography
- Guided tour and appointments for visitors and collectors

Educational proposal
- Cultural programs for visual artists like residencies and showcases in other regions and/or countries
- Art seminars and courses for artists and the general public

OBJECTIVES
- Generate a leading space where the community becomes interested in participating interactively with art and culture
- Stimulate the art market and the consuming of works by artists from Entre Ríos
- Empower the work of artists from Entre Ríos and grant it an international projection
- Educate on contemporary art and award inspirational stimuli for local artists and the general public
- Promote the inclusion of visual art in the projects of the city, serving as a source of reference for the search for Entre Ríos’s talent

OTHER ACTIVITIES
At the Foundation, we are working on different activities that help strengthen our artists’ work. On one hand, we are running the exhibit Proyecto Puente, which collects the work of five artists from Entre Ríos from different generations: Mildred Burton, Carlos Asiain, Federico Lanzi, Julia Carolina Acosta, and Lucas Ariel Mercado. This showcase is presented as a dialogue between visual artists that shattered the frameworks and formats of their time. It is an exhibit that, while it doesn’t pretend to encompass the reality of contemporary production of Entre Ríos, offers an intergenerational journey from the perspective of six artists, intending to offer them to the world.

Objectives of the exhibit:
- Create a historical junction between works by artists from Entre Ríos of great renown in the cultural and contemporary field
- Promote, nationally and internationally, the work of accomplished artists from Entre Ríos
- Advance the career of artists from Entre Ríos around the world
- Generate new links and channels of communication between artists from Entre Ríos and other actors nationally and internationally
- Provide inspirational stimuli to local artists and the general public

On the other hand, we are reactivating 2b Residency. This program intends to empower cultural producers and maintains the position of the city as a stimulant for contemporary art, by infusing it with widely renowned artists and professionals.

To create a cultural exchange model in the Residency Program, 2b offers artists a work space and residence in Miami.
The primary focuses of the Residency Program are:
1) Living / working space for international artists and
2) Offering artists, curators, and other international cultural producers opportunities for research, for creating new works and supply visibility on the artistic community

ARTISTS
Our foundation is working with artists from Entre Ríos that reside in Buenos Aires and Paraná. We’re interested in showing the potential and work of our artists, who are greatly recognized in the artistic field but who don’t find commercialization channels and backing of their production in our province.
The artists with whom we are working during the first stage are:
1. Gustavo Germano (Photography)
2. Victoria Ruiz Díaz (Illustration)
3. Lucas Mercado (Illustration, murals)
4. Eugenia Bracony (Ceramics)
5. Inés Marcó (Illustration and engraving)
6. Transparenta Collective (Installations, textiles)
7. Lázaro Olier (Pintura)
8. Francisco Vásquez (Illustration, painting)
9. Julia Acosta (Illustration, textiles)
10. Federico Roldán (Installations, textiles)


Gustavo Germano
Born in Chajarí, Entre Ríos, in 1964. He’s the brother of Eduardo Raúl Germano, detained-disappeared by the Argentinian dictatorship on December 17, 1976, and whose remains were identified in 2014 by the Anthropological Forensics Argentinian Team. He started with photography in 1986 when he went on a trip throughout Latin America. Since 1990, he’s been working as a photojournalist and graphic editor for outlets in Entre Ríos (Argentina) and collaborates with newspapers and magazines in Buenos Aires. He had his first exhibition, Tráfico de Imágenes, in 1993 at the artist Gabriel Bellmann’s Aduana space. Following that were: the Hora Cero newspaper’s Graphic Reporters Annual Showcase (1994 & 1995); Chicos de la Calle (1996); Haciendo Circo (1997); Doce a las Doce (fotonovela, 1998); Go Home (installation, 1999); and A Ras (2004). At the beginning of 2001, he moved to Barcelona (Spain) and has worked on the development and production of different photography projects on social and civic memory ever since. Between January, 2006 and October, 2007, Germano produced the first series of pictures of Ausencias, about the victims of the forced disappearances during the Argentinian dictatorship (1976-1983). During 2008 and 2009, he developed the Distancias project on the 1939 Spanish republican exile. Between 2010 and 2012, he worked on Ausencias Brazil, about the victims of forced disappearances during the Brazilian dictatorship (1964-1985). He produced Búsquedas in 2015, about the theft of newborns in Spain during the Franco dictatorship and the first years of democracy, and about the recovery of grandchildren of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo. In 2017, he presented the series Ausencias Uruguay on the victims of the Uruguayan dictatorship. Germano is currently working on the photo-documentary Contradesapariciones project, which is about the long process of recovery of his brother Eduardo’s remains. He’s also progressing on the construction of his “map” of forced disappearances in Latin America with the development and production of the series Ausencias Chile.

Victoria Ruiz Díaz
Victoria Ruiz Díaz was born in General Ramírez, Entre Ríos, in 1984. She is a visual and tattoo artist. Ruiz Díaz studied Visual Arts at the UADER and Cultural Management at the UNER, both of them in Paraná, and Visual Communication Design at the UNL, Santa Fe. She worked as a producer and manager on collective projects such as: Tu Flora y mi Fauna, Asociación Libre, Colekino, Antílope, and Las Modas, among others. Since 2005, she has participated in collective exhibits in different cities in Argentina. In 2012, she carried out her first solo exhibition in Paraná, Entre Ríos. She has received awards in the municipal and national level. In 2013, Ruiz Díaz won the Primer Premio Adquisición “Government of Entre Ríos” in the illustration discipline. She’s been awarded residency scholarships in Santa Fe, Belo Horizonte, and Miami, as well as further education scholarships with notorious artists such as Silva Gurfein, Anibal Buede, Roberto Echen, and Ana Gallardo. She is currently executing her tattoo art.

Lucas Mercado
He was born in Paraná in 1980. He’s a visual artist, muralist, independent producer, and a professor at the Visual Arts School of Paraná. He has participated in individual and collective showcases in Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Rosario, Santa Fe, and Tucumán. He was given a scholarship by the Antorchas Foundation and the Nuevo Banco of Entre Ríos Foundation. Mercado held an artistic residency in 2013 at the Dot Fiftyone Gallery in Miami, USA. He is the author of the poetry plaque Río Colorado (Iván Rosado, Rosario, 2011) and El Caudal (Parientes Publisher, Paraná, 2015). He’s a collaborator with the Entre Ríos magazine, Jirafas. Mercado is part of the Parientes group and, along with Julia Acosta, directs Parientes Publishing and a fanzine. He’s also a part of the anthology Informe. Historieta Argentina del Siglo XXI (EMR, Rosario, 2015).



Eugenia Bracony
Bracony was born in Växjö, Sweden. Her parents, both Argentinian, went back to their home country with her and her brother in 1988, when democracia was being established. They settled down in Paraná, Entre Ríos, from where their whole family hailed. She studied in Santa Fe, at the Juan Mantovani School, where she was tutored by ceramist Tusi Horn and where she decided to pour herself entirely into ceramics. In 2003, she moved to Buenos Aires with the intention of delving more into it. Being still a student, Bracony started what is today her brand and high temperature production workshop of utilitarian ceramic objects, Cajonera Cerámica. In 2008, she took a position as technician and professor at the Emilio Villafañe Avellaneda Ceramics Institute, where she taught several courses. In 2010 and 2011, Bracony participated in the Project School for Artists with Manuel Amestoy, Augusto Zanela, Andrea Juan, and Sergio Bazán. She has continued her professional education with artists such as Graciela Olio and Mónica Millán. She has participated in numerous solo and collective shows and has received different awards in showrooms and competitions such as the Primer Premio Adquisición Municipal Ceramics Room of Avellaneda; a Mention at the 105th Visual Arts National Showroom; 2nd Prize at the 103rd Visual Arts National Showroom; 1st Prize at the National Crafts Competition by the National Fund for the Arts for two consecutive years; 2nd Prize at the Creativity and Design National Showroom for two consecutive years, among others. In 2017, Bracony exposed at the artists residency Künstlerhaus Stadttöpferei Neumünster, in Germany, as well as at the Pedro E. Martínez Entre Ríos Provincial Museum of Fine Arts for the second time. She had an exhibition in 2020 at the Sala de Máquinas in Madrid, Spain, under the R.A.R.O. Residency and was also selected for the Itaú award as the only one in her category. Bracony currently resides in Buenos Aires and is a teacher at the Avellaneda Ceramics Institute within the professorship of Technology of Ceramics Pottery Materials.

Inés Marcó:
She was born in Concordia, Entre Ríos. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts (UNA). Between 2017 and 2018, she completed a graduate degree in Applied Contemporary Arts at the Massana School of Barcelona. She participated in the UTDT Artist Program in 2016. Marcó received education and creation scholarships from the National Arts Fund and the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Fund. She did research in New York, Munich, and Paris and artistic residencies and the FAAP (São Paulo) and the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont). She has done solo and collective exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Entre Ríos, and Santa Fe. Since 2014, she has coordinated the Artists and Writers Conventions in Buenos Aires. In 2018, Marcó published “Niño del río” (Iván Rosado). She currently works alternating between writing and visual arts.

Transparenta Collective:
Transparenta Collective is a group of visual artists from Paraná, assembled during their undergraduate degrees in Visual Arts at the Autonomous University of Entre Ríos. Since 2014, they have been developing their collective artistic production in the format of installation and occupation of different spaces. They participated in the 9th and 10th Visual Art Cultural Sessions; in the collective shows “Alquimia de la Trama” and “La noche de los Museos” at the Pedro E. Martinez Provincial Museum of Fine Arts; the Encuentro del 4to Tipo Festival in Paraná; the collective shows “71% de agua” at the Progreso Market of the City of Santa Fe. They were part of the 2016 Young Art Showcase of the Williams Foundation at the Benito Quinquela Martín Argentinian Artists Fine Arts Museum of La Boca, in Buenos Aires.

Lázaro Olier
He was born in Paraná, Entre Ríos, in 1994. Olier is an artist, researcher, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the La Plata National University. He is currently completing a Doctor of Arts at the same institution. In 2018, he attended the Artistic Analysis and Production Workshop coordinated by Andrés Labaké in the city of La Plata. In 2019, he received a Mention at the Painting Section of the 56th Annual Artists Showroom of Entre Ríos, and was selected for the 108th Visual Artists National Showcase. Olier was selected in 2020 for the program “Mi Vida en Cuarentena” by the Ministry of Production, Science, and Technological Innovation of Buenos Aires, and was awarded the PAR Scholarship by the Secretary of Culture and Art, UNLP, for the production of a collective project. He had the solo exhibitions “Pudorosas” (2018), “Sobresímismo” (2019) at Cariño Gallery, and “Los Amantes” at the virtual art fair Otraferia. Some of his works are part of several private collections in Argentina and abroad.

Francisco Vásquez:
Vásquez was born in Paraná, Entre Ríos, in 1979. He’s a visual artist and works as a curator conducting the production and exhibition of local artists. In 2017, he was part of the curatorial team of “71% de Agua”, a showcase of artists from Entre Ríos under 35 at the Rosa Galisteo de Rodríguez Museum in Santa Fe. He is a cofounder of “Parientes”, a self-managing group of artists that’s dedicated to organizing and producing visual-arts-related activities in the region. He went to the Visual Arts Institute of Paraná. Vásquez was awarded a scholarship by the TRAMA organization and by the Antorchas Foundation to carry out a seminar. He was selected for the “Interfaces” project between Paraná and Neuquén, by the SCN and FNA; for the “Argentina Pinta Bien” program by the Ministry of Culture (CABA); and for the “Pertenencias” program by the FNA. He currently teaches illustration classes for amateurs for the development of art in the region.

Julia Acosta:
Acosta was born in Río Cuarto, Córdoba, in 1971. She is a visual artist, curator, and visual arts professor at the Fine Arts Superior Institute of Paraná. She has participated in collective and solo shows. In 2018, she obtained the First Prize on the illustration discipline at the 55th Plastic Artists Annual Showcase of Entre Ríos. Acosta was awarded education and production scholarships by the National Arts Fund and the BERSA Banco Nuevo Foundation. She participated in seminars for reflection on contemporary plastic artes and workshops for production and follow-up of artistic projects by the Antorchas Foundation (Corrientes, Resistencia) Sparring Tour (Paraná), and Programa Doméstico (Paraná).

Federico Roldán Vukonich:
He was born in Paraná, Entre Ríos, in 1993. Roldán Vukonich holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the National Arts University of Buenos Aires. He obtained a scholarship for the Artistas x Artistas program in 2018. He participated in seminars by Florencia Rodríguez Giles, Tomás Espina, and Pablo Siquier. In 2019, he obtained Second Prize for Sculpture at the Entre Ríos Provincial Showroom. He has participated in several competitions such as the Palais de Glace Visual Arts National Showroom, the Entre Ríos Provincial Showroom, the Young Art Biennial of Buenos Aires, the Proyecto A. Award, the Young Art Biennial of Santa Fe, among others. During 2018, Roldán Vukonich participated in the residency at the Cárcova Museum (Buenos Aires), and of the Comunitaria international residency in 2019 (Lincoln, Buenos Aires). Among his individual projects, some that stand out are “Pobre Duende” (installation, Quimera Gallery, 2019); “Teorías de la Comunicación” (Cárcova Museum, 2018); “Qué es el Arte?” (El Mirador Foundation, 2018); “De mis Lágrimas Brotará un Río” (installation, Usina del Arte, 2017). He lives and work between Paraná and Buenos Aires.