Paulina Tercero
5 days

06.10.14 24.10.14

During her ´ace residency, Paulina Tercero Leyzaola (Mexican and Swiss) developed a video documentary about Argentinians who had to exile in Mexico during dictatorship. While she was in Buenos Aires, she interviewed writers, theorists, journalists and a variety of people who experienced that process and were back in our country.

This documentary is the chronicle of a migration that has a very precise beginning and a very clear ending. It is a migration that started with the social unrest in Argentina following the coup by the military, under the command of general Jorge Rafael Videla in March 24, 1976, which dissolved Congress, imposed a government by decree and the rule of martial law. The ending came when democratic life returned to Argentina, marked by the election of a civilian lawyer, Raúl Alfonsín, as President in 1983. None are to be found at the usual café, or their accent heard at the queue to the cinema. Many around me feel it too: the city is confronting a void created by the almost sudden departure of Argentinian friends, colleagues, teachers, psychoanalysts and lovers… We, Mexicans, are happy for them, of course, but we feel a bit orphaned, we cannot have a conversation with our friends any more: How does it feel to be back home?

This documentary is about those men and women who migrated to Mexico City, where I come from, who then went back to Alfonsín’s Argentina after living a different culture. Thirty years on, I would like to document that exile: how those Argentinians grew roots and were changed by the people in their new, temporary home in Mexico and what was it like to go back to a deeply changed society.

Paulina Tercero
1959 | Mexico DF, Mexico
Lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland

Communication, Universidad Anáhuac, Mexico
Printmaking, Academia de San Carlos, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
Printmaking with Rosalinda Albuerne
Printmaking Diploma in Coventry, England

Individual and group exhibitions in Mexico, England, France and Switzerland.
Collections Photography Museum in Bievres, France

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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