Alejandro Kuropatwa

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (Malba)

For Argentineans, photographer Alejandro Kuropatwa (1956–2003) embodied a new type of celebrity, born from the freedom and anxiety of the ’80s as the country emerged from military dictatorship. Eccentric, witty, and openly gay, he is remembered as a talented, capricious, and colorful “diva” who enjoyed night life in the company of artists, musicians, and writers, and, with them, members of local high society, all of whom he eagerly captured in his art. Two years after his death from AIDS, this exhibition, “Kuropatwa en technicolor,” paid tribute to this Argentinean original, but—as its curator Andrés Duprat insisted—the show presented the artist as if he were still alive, thanks to the “optimistic” images that the photographer produced at the end of his life. Yocasta, 2000, named after Oedipus’s mother, consists of four large color photographs hanging over wall-mounted tables shaped like

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