16 Apr Giannini, Buenos Aires answer to Steve Keene
Near the neighborhood of Palermo in Buenos Aires, there is a large indoor flea market. There are a few stalls with old lights and knick knacks, but the majority of the market is devoted to re-purposed furniture. However, in a small stall in the middle of the building we wandered into a shop run by an artist named Giannini. His work is both ornate and simple at the same time.
When my friend inquired about buying a large piece she was surprised to find that it was only about $45. There were even larger pieces. They all cost $90. He informed her that he charged based on the size of the work, and that he had sold over 90,000 paintings. “I work like a laborer, and save like a swiss banker,” he explained. He lives in a small apartment in an inexpensive neighborhood.
Afterwards I discussed the idea of making a short piece with my friend Carolina, who is hosting us in Buenos Aires. She can shoot with Giannani, and I will shoot with Steve Keene, asking the same questions. We’ll cut it back and forth and call it a day.