I am back to Buenos Aires, after 3 wonderful weeks spent in France, my mother’s country. The trip was amazing. I feel closer to my biological family, now.
The Tribute Exhibition and opening were incredible moments, that I have shared with my husband Leonardo, as well as many people who were friends or acquaintances of Gabriela, and whom I didn’t know.
I have been very moved by their testimonies and signs of friendship. I have been especially happy to meet two members of the ‘2048 Expedition’, with whom my sister lived her great adventure in Antarctica: Olivier Bertin and Adrien Moyaert. Thank you all, especially The City Hall of Paris’ 10th arrondissement and Agathe Simon for having organized this great event!
During the opening, a video has been directed by Agathe Simon. I wish to share it with you today.
I am proud to announce an Art Exhibition dedicated to my sister Gabriela Conti will soon be held in Paris.
This exhibition by Agathe Simon will be her first Homage Exhibition in France. My documentary ‘Antarctica, Looking for Gabriela’ and a series of 6 photographs I have shot in Antarctica (‘Homenage a Gabriela’) are part of this project. The opening (by invitation) will take place in Paris on February the 9th, 2015, exactly 5 years after Gabriela’s tragical death in Antarctica.
For this very event, I am pleased to fly to France. This will be my first time in my mother’s country. I am very impatient to live this great experience, accompanied by my husband Leonardo.
Antarctica Exhibition (Tribute to Gabriela Conti)
February 10th-28th, 2015
City Hall of 10th District
72 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris, France
If you would like to be invited to this special event and to celebrate the memory of Gabriela Conti, feel free to reach me. Please specify if you knew Gabriela and/or her work.
Here is a 3mn excerpt of my 52mn documentary ‘Antarctica, Looking for Gabriela’. In February 2013, I went to Antarctica in order to shoot this film, following the traces of my sister Gabriela during the ‘2048 Expedition’.
The French Institute of Algiers is currently programming an exhibition dedicated to my sister Gabriela Conti. My documentary ‘Antarctica, Looking for Gabriela’ and a series of 6 photographs I have shot in Antarctica (‘Homenage a Gabriela’) are part of this exhibition.
The opening is tonight, 6PM. I won’t be present as I am unable to leave Buenos Aires at this period. But if you wish to visit it, this Homage Exhibition will take place in Algiers until October the 23rd, 2014.
Here is a photograph of Gabriela Conti. It was taken by Olivier Bertin, a French astrophysicist who is a colleague and friend of Jules Nancy, Gabriela’s husband. It takes place in Marambio base, in the Antarctic Peninsula, the day before ‘2048 Expedition’ begins.
Today is Gabriela’s birthday. She would have had 39 years. Here is a short presentation of her life.
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.