Welcome to the official website about Gabriela Conti

Gabriela Conti in 2009 © Carolina Ojeda
Gabriela Conti in 2009 © Carolina Ojeda

Gabriela Conti (1974 – 2010) is a key figure of early 21st Century literature. Of French-Argentine nationality, she was honoured by Premio Literario Buenos Aires in 2000 and awarded the Grand prix de littérature contemporaine in 2001.

Her family history is one punctuated by exile. In 1943, her mother’s parents fled Nazi France and settled in Buenos Aires. In 1978, Gabriela was sent to Paris to escape from Argentinian dictatorship, after her mother was kidnapped.

Besides her novels, Gabriela Conti is well known for her adventures throughout the world, notably in Central African Republic, Peru and Papua New Guinea.

In 2009, she was a member of ‘2048 Expedition’, in Antarctica. On February the 7th, 2010, two days before her tragic death, she became the first woman from Argentine nationality to reach South Pole. She leaves behind no trace no body.


Cecilia Conti
Cecilia Valentina Conti

My name is Cecilia Valentina Conti de Martínez. I am a photographer and videographer. I live in the district of Villa Crespo in Buenos Aires. I am a former stolen baby of the Argentinian dictatorship. I discovered my real identity in September 2013. Gabriela is my half-sister. As she died in 2010, I never met her.

My project

I created this website as a tribute to Gabriela, in order to present her life and work.

Feel free to reach me if you knew her and/or wish to testimony.



Photographic Credits: Cecilia Conti, Gabriela Conti, Edith Girval, Carolina Ojeda.
Thanks: Jules Nancy, Leonardo Martínez, National Direction of Antarctica, International Organization for Antarctica, Olga Gómez.

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