Max Hart Barnwell
Take A Picture

06.03.23 31.03.23

Max Hart Barnwell is a Canadian photographer with a passion for 35mm film. Greatly inspired by the traditions of documentary and street photography, his work is rooted in traveling and being in touch with different cultures, places and things. By revealing overlooked details, singular characters and juxtapositions found in everyday life, his eye aims to underline our unique differences and shed light on our shared universality. Today, he embraces his commitment to 35mm photography as a tool to observe, share and better understand the unique particularities of our time.

Max came to ´ace to expand his Take A Picture project, which places disposable cameras throughout different cities in the world for the general public and pedestrians to use them in order to, as its name implies, take a picture. He then develops the films and build installations with the resulting pictures. In his own words: “Take A Picture is an international photographic art project that is fuelled by public interaction and engagement. Throughout my travels since 2018, I have been installing disposable 35mm cameras in public spaces inviting anyone who stumbles across the installation to Take A Picture. I then collect, develop and share the contributed results on socials, my website and ultimately as an exhibition. Touching upon a variety of themes such as local culture and community, the trend of ‘the selfie’ and analog photography as a tool for communication, the results are candid and speak about the willingness to collaborate in a visual dialogue. The project’s goal is to gather photographs from various neighbourhoods, cities and countries underlining their unique perspectives while also revealing our shared humanity as seen through the eyes of ordinary individuals of all walks of life.”

Max Hart Barnwell
1991 | Montreal, Canada
Lives and works in Montreal, Canada

2016 | BFA Photography. Concordia University, Canada

2023 | Take A Picture. Proyecto´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2023 | Segunda Naturaleza. El Local, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2023 | La Paternal Espacio Proyecto residency. Buenos Aires, Argentina
2022 | OBSERVATION. Galerie Forza, Montreal, Canada
2018 | The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair. Better Living Center, Toronto, Canada
2017 | Vista. Studio Alexandra, Feat Management, Montreal, Canada

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TAP | Take A Picture |
Max Barnwell

29.03.23 13.04.23

TAP | Take A Picture is the 11th edition of Max Barnwell’s international photographic art project. This time it took place in Buenos Aires as part of the artist’s residency at ‘ace and the second ´aceNite edition of the year. The project relies on public interaction and commitment. The artist installs disposable 35mm cameras on the streets for curious passersby to use and take a photo. Touching on a variety of topics such as local culture and community, the trend of the selfie, and analog photography as a communication tool, the results are authentic and speak to the willingness to collaborate in a visual dialogue. The goal of this project is to collect photographs from various neighborhoods, cities, and countries that highlight their unique perspectives and at the same time reveal our shared humanity. So far, TAP has taken place in more than 10 international destinations, collecting thousands of photographs.

In this case in Buenos Aires, the artist used the strategy of installing cameras in different landmarks, busy intersections, and places that became a reference for a visiting artist. His interest lies in discovering who will be drawn to a camera hanging in the streets. Who might interact with it and how? The results reveal various expressions of joy, peace, and love. These themes play a central role in the essence of the project and have become a distinctive visual feature. With this project, Max Hart Barnwell aims to promote positive change through participatory and inclusive art, where there are no rules or limitations, only one condition: taking a photo.

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Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00 PM at Sala Políglota

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires


38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)


D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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July 31st, 2024

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