Leticia Barbeito Andrés
OPEN Buenos Aires

04.08.22 07.08.22

¨OPEN Buenos Aires was a unique opportunity for collective work, professionalization and circulation of images, strategies and information. The diversity of projects that integrated it demonstrates the breadth of the field of graphics, in terms of poetics, techniques, aesthetics and also included the pedagogical dimension, which is very important to redistribute what is sensitive. The event, as well as the organizing institutions, show a look at contemporary graphics that contemplates hybridizations, contaminations and current expansions, for which I felt very comfortable and grateful to be part of it. It was definitely a demonstration of the ability of the graphic profession to invent worlds and unite people.¨

Leticia Barbeito Andrés es Visual Artist who poetically brings together engraving and photography. In her individual poetic practice, participation in collective and collaborative projects is essential, which are nurtured in a transdisciplinary and retro-food way. She teaches at the public university, understanding it as a political, necessary and transformative activity. For the artist, graphic production, management and teaching are cardinal pieces of artistic work.


The same photograph of the Río de la Plata -considered as a memory- is the input for the various compositions of the series All Memory is Present. In the set of pieces, the work of time and the possible perforations of the material are evident. The image as a potentially labile object and surface of inscription, the certainty of perforated representation, unstable or fractured horizons. Memory -subjective and qualitative- is traversed by condensed times, mediated by the present and in constant transformation. The memory is improvised, repeated, fragmented, injured, transformed, pierced, polished, etc. Those procedures that are recognized as actions on memory, are taken up as poetic operations in works-essays in which the original image appears fragmented, hollowed out, folded, emptied, repeated, soft, enlarged, sealed and allows us to recreate and invent our own I remember in the present.


The proposed exhibition for OPEN BS.AS. he brought together pieces from the series All Memory is Present, which show some graphic-poetic strategies around the perforations of the material, the labile and elusive existence of the memory-image. In Essay #5, the photographic image of the Río de La Plata is clear in the upper part and with “adequate” ink loads according to the printing canons of the photoplate technique, which allows it to contain a range of values ​​that go from white to black with varying levels of gray in between. However, downwards, the ink loads seem to diminish and the memory-image gradually “fades” or “veils”, until it becomes just an almost imperceptible ghost. In Essay #6, the memory-image was geometrized, fragmented, rotated and manipulated until it became a fractal module. At the same time, the matrix that gave rise to them accompanies the impressions. Although photoplate dies are photosensitive, in this case gold ink was applied and framed once dry. Thus, not only was it protected from deterioration, but the potentiality of continuing to imprint that memory was frozen.

On the other hand, in Essay #2 a portablock folder fulfills its function of pressing a set of papers. Using the direct toner transfer technique, it was possible to fictionalize an impression of the image that overflows the limits of paper as a support and also invades the wood of the object. The publication There are Irreparable Things is based on a particular procedure (the burning of printed paper), which enables several poetic possibilities, among them, the burning of the veil, Memory-Trace-Red. A photocopy craft is a publication that it is proposed to reveal the artifact, the procedural, the imprint of technology, the craftsmanship of the “failure”. In its A4 format, the white construction paper and the location of the ringing evoke the world of photocopying (very common in La Plata, as it is a university city). The premise was to photocopy the copy of the copy and thus, a final image was gradually configured that is far from the original in its appearance, proposing a new version of the first event, as happens with memory.

Leticia Barbeito Andrés
1988 | Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lives and works in  La Plata. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2018 | Phd in Arts, Faculty of Arts, National University of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2009 | Professor in History of Visual Arts, Faculty of Arts, National University of La Plata, Argentina.

2022 | OPEN Buenos Aires 2022, International Meeting of Emerging Graphics «OpenBA», Culture House, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2021| Transformación, graphics in overflow, collective exhibition at the National Museum of Engraving, CABA, Argentina
2018| Young engravers (Second edition), group exhibition at Panal 361. CABA, Argentina
2017| Nano (photography festival), collective exhibition at the Fototeca Latinoamericana (FoLa) CABA, Argentina.
2015| Referencias cruzadas, collective exhibition, Cultural Space La Trampa, Mexico
2010| The patient gestates, individual exhibition,  Microspace Room, Emilio Pettoruti Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2022 | OpenBA grant, Proyecto ´ace, FIG Bilbao and Fundación CIEC, Argentina-España.
2016| Residencia Departamento de Fotografía, Teatro e Cinema, Escola de Belas Artes de la Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brasil.
2014| Residency for production and reflection specialized in Engraving and Printed Art at LA CEIBA GRÁFICA, Techniques lithography and linocut. Veracruz, Mexico.
2013-2014| Residence, Institute of Aesthetic Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico.

2022| Open BA Award, International Meeting of Emerging Graphics, FIG Bilbao, ´ace Project and CIEC Foundation, Argentina-España.
2017| Second prize, Hall of Visual Arts of engraving and printed art, Universidad del Este, Argentina.
2014| Honorable Mention in drawing and engraving, Florencio Molina Campos Provincial Hall of Plastic Arts, Emilio Pettoruti Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, Argentina.

Related Activities

Fellowships, Open Calls

OPEN Buenos Aires – Open Call
International Encounter of Emerging Printmaking

30.05.22 03.07.22

Fundación´ace para el Arte Contemporáneo opens the call for emerging Argentinian artists from all over the federal territory –who work with traditional and digital printmaking (both in serial and variable editions), printed art or expanded field graphic practices / installations– to participate in OPEN Buenos Aires, a professionalization event that includes an exhibition of their works, mentoring by guest curators, demonstrations for the public, a networking day, and a round table, which will be opening to the public from August 5th to 7th.

OPEN Buenos Aires –organized jointly by Fundación´ace para el Arte Contemporáneo and the Arthazi/FIG Bilbao Association of Spain– is part of a larger event: FIG Bilbao’s OPEN PORTFOLIO which has been held in the city of Bilbao since 2014. With its landing in Buenos Aires, this 9th Edition of the OPEN PORTFOLIO FIG, International Encounter of Emerging Printmaking, becomes even more international by celebrating two independent in-person editions: one in Buenos Aires, the OPEN BUENOS AIRES (exclusively for Argentinian artists) and the other in Bilbao, the OPEN PORTFOLIO FIG (for Spanish and international artists).

OPEN BUENOS AIRES will inhabit the impressive Casa de la Cultura-La Prensa building (in the same spaces where the print workshops of La Prensa newspaper used to be) during a week of intense programming, in which the activities will be carried out both for the artists (such as mentoring, portfolio review, professional advice on assembly, networking, etc.), and for the public (such as exhibition of the artists’ works, workshops and demonstrations given by the artists themselves, and talks).

Of all the applications we receive in this first phase, 16 artists will be selected to participate in these sessions in August. On August 7th, the last day of the OPEN Buenos Aires event, an international jury will select: four artists who will participate in the final phase of the program and will travel to Bilbao to exhibit at the FIG Bilbao XI Edition from November 24th to 27th, 2022; two artists to attend the residency offered by the CIEC Foundation of Galicia, Spain in 2023; one artist to attend a residency at the Basque bioDesign Center lab in Bilbao, Spain; and another for a residency at Fundación´ace’s ´acePIRAR Artist-in-Residency International Program.

Likewise, the artists who travel to Bilbao in November will also be able to compete for another residency at the CIEC Foundation and an exhibition space at FIGBilbao 2023. Finally, the selected artists will become part of the traveling exhibition Open Itinera, an exhibition program with multiple venues in the territory of the Basque Autonomous Community, which arises with the firm intention of supporting and further promoting the emerging printmaking work that the Open Portfolio and the FIG Bilbao International Festival of Engraving and Art on Paper has been doing since 2012.


Open Portfolio was created with the aim of supporting and giving visibility to the work of new printmaking talents and promoting their professional career. This event is a platform for the promotion, dissemination and professionalization of emerging creators. Throughout these nine years, Open Portfolio has given space to more than 150 artists from all continents.

August 05th-07th, 2022
Casa de la Cultura (La Prensa)
Av de Mayo 525, CABA

16 participation fellowships of $50.000 each

– 2 First Prizes: two finalist artists at Fig Bilbao Fair November 2022 + AR $250,000 + accommodation in Bilbao
– 2 Second Prizes: two finalist artists at Fig Bilbao Fair November 2022 + accommodation in Bilbao
– 2 residency scholarships at Fundación CIEC, Spain for two months in 2023
– 1 residency scholarship at Basque bioDesign Center, Spain
– 1 residency scholarship at Proyecto´ace, Buenos Aires

Juan Canavesi (Córdoba, Argentina)
Adriana Moracci (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Alicia Valente (La Plata, Argentina)

David Arteagoitia (Bilbao, Spain)
Director of the Open Portfolio Bilbao and Professor at the Basque Country University
Javier Martín Jiménez (Madrid, Spain)
Resident Commissar at Conde Duque Center for Contemporary Culture, Madrid
Pedro Galilea (Betanzos, Spain)
Director at Fundación CIEC, Galicia

David Arteagoitia (Bilbao, Spain)
Director of the Open Portfolio Bilbao and Professor at the Basque Country University
Alicia Candiani (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Director of the Open Buenos Aires
Pedro Galilea (Betanzos, Spain)
Director at Fundación CIEC, Galicia

Encounters, Exhibitions

OPEN 2022 | Awards
Award Ceremony

05.08.22 07.08.22

Between August 5th and 7th, 2022, we launched OPEN Buenos Aires: international encounter of emerging printmakers at the Casa de la Cultura—La Prensa Building in the City of Buenos Aires. Throughout its 3 days of opening to the public, the selected artists shared their works in traditional and contemporary graphic  and printmaking techniques with the visitors, celebrated the opening of their exhibition, offered workshops, demos and open talks, and, on the last day, 8 artists received the prizes awarded by the organization of the event.

During the inauguration, there were different guided tours by the OPEN Buenos Aires team and participating artists: we began with a guided tour by Andrea Auzmendi for high school students from the Cultural Pass program of the City of Buenos Aires, then María Romero Alves gave a demo of pinhole camera, and Florencia Reisz offered an approach to contemporary graphics through the works of the OPEN artists. Lautaro Parada offered Tarot readings, there was a guided tour for special guests by David Arteagoitia, Director of the FIG Open Portfolio and we closed with a collective toast thanks to the labels provided by Vino El Salvador.

After completing all the activities of OPEN Buenos Aires, the following 8 prizes were distributed, in addition to the 16 participation scholarships awarded to the finalist artists:

  • 2 First Prizes: two artists with a stand each at the Fig Bilbao Fair in November 2022 + $250,000 for mobility + accommodation in Bilbao (awarded to Leticia Barbeito and Agustina Girardi)
  • 2 Second Prizes: two artists with a stand each at the Fig Bilbao Fair November 2022 + accommodation in Bilbao (awarded to Solange Baqués and Lautaro Parada)
  • 2 artistic residency scholarships at Fundación CIEC in Betanzos, Spain, for 2023 (awarded to Mariana Gayoso and Agustín Begueri)
  • 1 residency scholarship at the BDC—Basque bioDesign Center in Bilbao, Spain (awarded to Julián Pesce)
  • 1 residency scholarship at Proyecto´ace, including accommodation (awarded to Florencia Reisz)

The prizes were awarded by a Jury composed of David Arteagoitia (Bilbao, Basque Country, Director of the FIG Open Portfolio), Pedro Galilea (Salamanca, Spain, Vice President and Director of Fundación CIEC) and Alicia Candiani (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Director of the OPEN Buenos Aires and Fundación´ace) based on the quality of the works presented and the activities for the public proposed and carried out by the artists.

Encounters, International Projects, Workshops, Exhibitions

OPEN Buenos Aires | Activities
Workshops, talks and demos by artists

05.08.22 07.08.22

Between August 5th and 7th, 2022, we held the OPEN Buenos Aires: an international meeting of emerging graphics at the Casa de la Cultura—La Prensa Building in the City of Buenos Aires. Throughout its 3 days of opening to the public, the selected artists shared with the public not only their works in traditional and contemporary graphic and printmaking techniques, but they also offered workshops, demos, participatory practices and open talks.

OPEN Buenos Aires is a professionalization event for emerging artists and for the dissemination of graphic and printmaking practices for the local public, whether specialized in these fields or without previous knowledge in graphics in particular or contemporary art in general. As part of the application to the OPEN, it was the artists themselves who proposed different instances of exchange with the visitors of the event, bringing them closer to their techniques, their projects, their portfolios and their working methods.

The activities that the visitors of the event enjoyed are:

  • Guided tour by Andrea Auzmendi (CABA).
  • Pinhole camera demonstration by María Romero Alves (CABA).
  • Approach to contemporary printmaking through the work of the selected artists, by Florencia REISZ (Mar del Plata).
  • Fortune telling by Lautaro Parada (CABA): ask a question and the Black Mallet answers, and take your card as a gift at the end. Poetically appealing to the origins of xylography in the West – used to print playing cards and Tarot cards – the artist offered us a personal experience through his xylographic work Mazo Negro.
  • Participatory workshop on perennial monotypes por Noelia Toscano (CABA), Wenceslao Paunero (Pcia. de Buenos Aires) y Rocío Barzola (Salta): taller de fabricación de tintas con tierra e impresión botánica con la técnica de monotipos.
  • Demonstration on contemporary Gyotaku by Agustina Girardi (La Plata), Jorgelina Buchara (CABA) and Leticia Barbeito (La Plata): Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese method of naturally recording the best catch of the day. Inspired by his processes, this workshop proposed to discover the potential of the things that surround us as possible printable matrices to generate their own discourse from the imprint that they leave printed on paper—the public was invited to bring their everyday objects to print on them and take them with them.
  • Intervened photography by Solange Baqués (Pcia. de Buenos Aires): the artist exchanged with the public her work process and photographic intervention on paper.
  • Infinite patterns workshop by Mariana Gayoso (CABA) and Ale Giorgga (CABA): this workshop approached the notions of contemporary art through graphic experimentation to the public. From the superposition of various materials, textures and graphic qualities, the importance of repetition and fragmentation is recognized, knowing and internalizing what a pattern is and how it is created graphically and continuously (notion of rapport, stamp, impression and stamp).
  • “Processing the digital weaving” talk by Julián Pesce (CABA) and Juan Pablo Ferlat (CABA): memory storage to create repeating patterns, physical and temporary units.
  • Participatory workshop “Building a xilomural” by Agustín Begueri (Córdoba) and Ale Giorgga (CABA).

Encounters, Portfolio Review

OPEN 2022 | Encounters
Portfolio reviews and panels

05.08.22 07.08.22

Between August 5th and 7th, 2022, we held the OPEN Buenos Aires: International Encounter for Emerging Printmakers at the Casa de la Cultura—La Prensa Building in the City of Buenos Aires. Throughout its 3 days of opening to the public, the selected artists shared with the public not only their works in traditional and contemporary graphic and printmaking techniques, but also offered workshops, demos, participatory practices and open talks for the public.

OPEN Buenos Aires is a professionalization event for emerging artists and for the dissemination of graphic and printmaking practices for the local public, whether specialized or without previous knowledge in the field of graphics, in particular, or contemporary art, in general. As part of the professionalization of the artists, on Sunday, August 7th, a portfolio review was carried out by a jury specialized in graphics and engraving, both traditional and contemporary.

The portfolio review was carried out by the national pre-selection jury, made up of Juan Canavesi (Córdoba), Adriana Moracci (CABA) and Ali Valente (La Plata), who over 3 hours offered portfolio reviews, feedback, criticism of works, feedback and professional guidance to both OPEN Buenos Aires artists and independent artists who previously signed up to participate in this free activity. Once the portfolio review was completed, the open conference on contemporary graphics was launched, with the participation of David Arteagoitia (Bilbao, Basque Country, Director of the FIG Open Portfolio), Pedro Galilea (Salamanca, Spain, Vice President and Director FundaciónCIEC), Iratoi Retolaza (Bilbao, Basque Country, guest artist-in-residency and part of the Basque bioDesign Center team), and was moderated by Alicia Candiani (Director of OPEN and Fundación´ace).

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