Once in the gallery, the children, their mothers, the art dealer and myself met to discuss how to display the experience that we had shared so far. We discussed about what an art work was for the group, why artists make art, why collectors buy it, and what is the role of money in said transaction. We agreed that the remains of the party that we had kept had an important symbolic value since they contained the intention and the desire that each one of us had put into the presents that we had given to each other. This intention had been captured in the hollow wrappings and in the tears and creases of the paper, which still kept the shape of the present, as well as the eagerness and anticipation transmitted by the hands when opening them. The party had become a celebration of the possibility of considering the other, and of being considered.

We decided then to sort the empty parcels into seven groups, each one becoming a symbolic portrait of each participant. The garlands and decorations that we rescued after the party formed a big pile, from which the sound of the party could be heard.

The value of the artwork on sale was established by the children; it came as the result of a discussion in which they were advised by the art dealer and myself; we talked about the value that my work had at the moment in the local market and what the chances were of the gallery to sell them. Art collector Mauro Herlitzka bought the pile of garlands. After covering the costs of the gallery in relation to the project, the group decided to donate the rest of the income to the Escuela Nro 15’s cooperative in José C. Paz, for the reconditioning of the two classrooms that had been used as the workshop, and to start an old dream of creating a communal library. The library began to work effectively thanks to a first donation of books made by Haedo’s Public Library, the communal library in my childhood town.

Credits

Photographs by
1,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9 ©Esteban Pastorino
2 ©Irene Banchero

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