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The impossible Hug : Tango and the pandemic in Argentina
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Credit: Anita Pouchard Serra via Visura
Asset ID: VA63482
Caption: Available
Copyright: © Anita Pouchard Serra, 2023
Collection: Art Feature
Location: Buenos Aires
Topics: Art Dance Feature National Geographic Pandemic Tango

Anita Pouchard Serra

Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Visual storyteller and Photojournalist // Born in 1985 // Buenos Aires, Latin-America and paris //  former architect and anthropologist French-Argentinian photojournalist and visual storyteller, based in Buenos Aires Aires and...
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Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2020-10-28. Mario Bulacio is one of the director of The Catedral club, where he also lives, one of the iconic Milonga in Almagro neighborhood, in Buenos Aires. It started 22 years ago mixing tourists, local dancers and people who just want to enjoy the atmosphere and have a drink. Since the begining of the lockdown it remains closed. Around 50 worlers ( waiters, teachers, DJ) are part of the place and can't work since March 20th, 2020. Photograph by Anita Pouchard Serra/Hans Lucas with the support of National Geographic Society. Buenos Aires, Argentine, 2020-10-28. 
Mario Bulacio is one of the director of The Catedral club, where he also lives, one of the iconic Milonga in Almagro neighborhood, in Buenos Aires. It started 22 years ago mixing tourists, local dancers and people who just want to enjoy the atmosphere and have a drink. Since the begining of the lockdown it remains closed. Around 50 worlers ( waiters, teachers, DJ) are part of the place and can't work since March 20th. Buenos Aires, Argentina by Anita Pouchard Serra with the support of National Geographic Society. Grant : NGD-84523-20
At Lucila's home, one of the member of TTD, Trabajadores del Tango Danza. It's a new organization leading solidary actions for the tango community. Each 2 weeks, in one of the room of her appartment and thanks to donations, they are able to prepare around 30 packs of food for families of the community in need. Buenos Aires, Argentina by Anita Pouchard Serra/National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Grant : NGD-84523-20
At Lucila's home, one of the member of TTD, Trabajadores del Tango Danza. It's a new organization leading solidary actions for the tango community. Each 2 weeks, in one of the room of her appartment and thanks to donations, they are able to prepare around 30 packs of food for families of the community in need. Buenos Aires, Argentina by Anita Pouchard Serra/National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Grant : NGD-84523-20
Leila Gorojovsky was starting the Tango grade school at the begining of the pandemic. She spent the first months, learning through zoom and transforming her small living room in a dance floor but she couldn't find the motivation, something was missing. She uses several parts of her appartement to rehearsal movement. Buenos Aires, Argentina by Anita Pouchard Serra/National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Grant : NGD-84523-20
Ines Muzzopappa is a dancer, teacher and active member of the TTD " Trabajadores Tango Danza", an organization promoting workers rights for tango dancers. Few weeks after the pandemic she started to teach online. Most of her students don't continue with her but many new started to appear, especially from abroad. She teaches this class with Corina, her partner, from her living room with a special set, mixing spanish, english and italian language in the same hour. Buenos Aires, Argentina by Anita Pouchard Serra/National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Grant : NGD-84523-20
Protest after one year of closing by Tango community and Milonga directors. Buenos Aires, Argentina by Anita Pouchard Serra/National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Grant : NGD-84523-20
Zunilda in her appartement is taking the tango lesson with Sheila Loy.After her divorce, she started to dance a lot, for herself and she needs to continue with this despite the pandemic and the virtual component. The technology has been a challenge. Buenos Aires, Argentina by Anita Pouchard Serra/National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Grant : NGD-84523-20 THE PROJECT COVID 19 impacted one of Argentina's most important cultural emblems: the tango. The famous dance and music that represents everything that the COVID 19 prevents: embracing, closeness, intimate spaces, bringing unknown people together, is not only a passion and culture but a source of income for many cultural workers. How are they going through this unprecedented crisis and what are they inventing to preserve the living culture of tango ?
Virigina Ravenna at her home during a virtual rehearsal with a group which took class with her since april. They are retired people who struggled with the technology at the begining. Sometimes she shows the movement from a chair close to the computer to be able to see them and feel closer. Virginia is also a psychologist, and this influence her way of teaching and build relationships with the community. Buenos Aires, Argentina by Anita Pouchard Serra/National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Grant : NGD-84523-20 THE PROJECT COVID 19 impacted one of Argentina's most important cultural emblems: the tango. The famous dance and music that represents everything that the COVID 19 prevents: embracing, closeness, intimate spaces, bringing unknown people together, is not only a passion and culture but a source of income for many cultural workers. How are they going through this unprecedented crisis and what are they inventing to preserve the living culture of tango ?
Leila Gorojovsky was starting the Tango grade school at the begining of the pandemic. She spent the first months, learning through zoom and transforming her small living room in a dance floor but she couldn't find the motivation, something was missing. She uses several parts of her appartement to rehearsal movement. Buenos Aires, Argentina by Anita Pouchard Serra/National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Grant : NGD-84523-20
Shieila Loy teaches her zoom lesson of tango.After showing the steps, she takes the time to review one by one, the screen view of each student, meanwhile she continues to give advices. Buenos Aires, Argentina by Anita Pouchard Serra/National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Grant : NGD-84523-20 THE PROJECT COVID 19 impacted one of Argentina's most important cultural emblems: the tango. The famous dance and music that represents everything that the COVID 19 prevents: embracing, closeness, intimate spaces, bringing unknown people together, is not only a passion and culture but a source of income for many cultural workers. How are they going through this unprecedented crisis and what are they inventing to preserve the living culture of tango ?
The TTD ( Trabajadores de Tango Danza) is organizing each 2 weeks a distribution of fodd bags to members of the tango commuinity in needs. This week they use the house of a German archeologist, friend of Andrea Uchitel, a tango dancer and teacher. The house is empty and it's a perfect place to organize the bags and their future distribution. The bags are made thanks to donations, of products and money. Buenos Aires, Argentina by Anita Pouchard Serra/National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Grant : NGD-84523-20
Nicolas Ponce and his girlfriend in their new shop “ Flores Negras”. Nicolas is a tango DJ and a bandoneist. As his tango activities stoped during the pandemic, he started to sell plants from his girlfriend house and in instagram, with the tango name “ Flores Negras”. After a succesful begining, they moved in november to their first official shop in Villa Urquiza. Buenos Aires, Argentina by Anita Pouchard Serra/National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Grant : NGD-84523-20 THE PROJECT COVID 19 impacted one of Argentina's most important cultural emblems: the tango. The famous dance and music that represents everything that the COVID 19 prevents: embracing, closeness, intimate spaces, bringing unknown people together, is not only a passion and culture but a source of income for many cultural workers. How are they going through this unprecedented crisis and what are they inventing to preserve the living culture of tango ?
El club Catedral es una de las milongas más emblemáticas del barrio de Almagro, en Buenos Aires. Comenzó hace 22 años mezclando turistas, bailarines locales y gente que sólo quiere disfrutar del ambiente y tomar una copa. Desde el inicio de la pandemia, permanece cerrado. Alrededor de 50 trabajadores (camareros, profesores, DJ) forman parte del local y no pueden trabajar desde el 20 de marzo. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Anita Pouchard Serra con el apoyo de National Geographic Society.
Izq: La profe de tango enseña un paso a Walter, abajo de la autopista en la Milonguita de Parque Chacabuco Der: Una caja de fosforitos " Si Bailamos" en la casa de Ines Muzzopappa. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Anita Pouchard Serra con el apoyo de National Geographic Society.
" La Milonguita del Parque Chacabuco " is a "clandestine" milonga which appeared at the begining of novemeber in Parque Chacabuco, a garden crossed by a high way. For many people, especially retired people forwhich tango represents a hobby and a way of life, it's an essential space. Officially, this is not allowed yet, but Police don't disturb them.Buenos Aires, Argentina by Anita Pouchard Serra/National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Grant : NGD-84523-20