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30th of April 2017, 40 years from the first march organized the 30th of April 1977 by the mothers of the “Plaza de Mayo” in Buenos Aires in front of the Casa Rosada presidential palace, while trying to learn what had happened to their children, in public defiance of the government’s state terrorism intended to silence all opposition. For the mothers, their disappeared daughters and son are still alive… Buenos Aires. Argentina, April 2017. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

30 Apr 2017

Carlos Salmone – “Tanos” 4

Carlos Salmone, luthier, born in Buenos Aires, on 1942. Tanos Project 4.

 

“The role of Italy in Argentina is fundamental, I would say that Italians could be considered, amongst others, as the founders of the homeland. Most of the immigration comes from Italy!

I remember that my dad had a brother (my uncle) who always spoke Italian to him. My dad said, in a reproaching tone: “Bro, we are in Argentina, you always speak in Italian …”. And my uncle – may he rest in peace – replied: “Aren’t we Italians, aren’t we tanos?”

“The guitar is what connects me to Italy, all my ancestors – my uncles, my grandfather – were guitarists. It’s in my ADN. I regret not having my grandfather’s guitar anymore…”

 

“Es muy importante el papel de la Italia en Argentina, yo te diría que “quasi” el italiano es el formador de la patria. Fíjate que la mayor parte de la inmigración era casi toda italiana.

Me acuerdo que mi papá tenía un hermano (mi tío) que siempre le hablaba en italiano. Mi papá le dijo: “pero chê, estamos en Argentina y vos siempre hablando en italiano…”. Y mi tío – que en paz descanse – le respondió: “pero no somos italianos, no somos tanos?”

“La guitarra es lo que me conecta a Italia, todos mis antepasados – mis tíos, mi abuelo – eran guitarristas. Está en mi DNA. Lamento no tener más la guitarra de mi abuelo…”

 

Buenos Aires. Argentina, 2016-2017. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

25 Apr 2017

Easter procession

Procession of the passion of Jesus Christ, Friday 14th, at plaza de mayo. Buenos Aires. Argentina, April 2017. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

16 Apr 2017

Hugo del Casale – “Tanos” 3

“Tano”. Aferesi di “napolitano”. All’origine dispregiativo, è diventato poi un termine affettuoso che abbraccia italiani e oriundi d’Argentina. Anch’io sono “tano”. “Lontano” sarebbe l’altra origine di “tano”.
Narra la leggenda che un tipo, nel porto di Buenos Aires, chiese ad un emigrante appena sbarcato da dove veniva. L’emigrante senza voltarsi e già con la testa carica di preoccupazioni e speranza, rispose…”da lontano”. Il tipo udì appena le due ultime sillabe.
Il “tano” Hugo del Casale, barbiere di successo, nato a Vasto nel 1945 e arrivato a Buenos Aires nel 1960 per raggiungere il padre. “Sono argentino e amo l’Italia: quando uno vede questo [8 metri di tricolore], ha capito tutto”.
“Tanos project” (3).

“Tano” is an aphaeresis of “Napoletano” (Neapolitan). Originally pejorative, it later became a positive term identifying all Italians and with Italian origins, living in Argentina. I am a “tano”, for example. “Lontano” (far away) it’s the other explanation of the word “tano”.
According to another less popular version, a guy asked an Italian immigrant just arrived by boat,  from where he came from. The immigrant heading to the new life of fear and hope, replied “da lontano…” (from far away…). The guy, only got the last two syllables…
The “tano” Hugo del Casale, successful barber, was born in Vasto in 1945 and arrived in Buenos Aires in 1960 to join his father. “I am Argentinean and I love Italy: watch this [8meters Italian flag], it tells everything…”
“Tanos project” (3).

Buenos Aires. Argentina, 2016-2017. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

11 Apr 2017

Orio dal Porto – “Tanos” 2

Orio dal Porto, scultore, nato a Lucca nel 1938 e arrivato a Buenos Aires nel 1963. Fotografato nel suo atelier il 28 maggio 2016, lo sguardo già lontano. Tre mesi dopo dal nostro incontro, ci ha lasciato. Ci ha lasciato le sue opere, in collezioni private, nelle piazze di Buenos Aires (Taras Shevchenko) e nella “casa rosata” (Raul Alfonsin). “Tanos” project (2).

Orio dal Porto, sculptor, born in Lucca in 1938 and arrived in Buenos Aires in 1963. Photographed in his studio 28th May 2016, with his lost gaze. Three months after we met, he left us. He left us his artworks, in private collections, in the streets of Buenos Aires (Taras Shevchenko) and in the presidential “casa rosada” (Raul Alfonsin). “Tanos” project (2).

Buenos Aires. Argentina, 2016-2017. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

 

4 Apr 2017

Malvinas (Falkland), 35 years later

Flag and crosses on Plaza de mayo to remember the Argentinean conflict for the Malvinas (Falkland) islands, started on April 2nd 1982. The Argentinean defeat weakened the dictatorship and lead to its fall (1976-1983). Buenos Aires. Argentina, April 2017. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

2 Apr 2017