Tango dancers in Buenos Aires milongas (dance clubs) create a mise-en-scène where intimacy and anonymity clash. Their tango and the rules of etiquette they practice share dissonant experiences of violence, exclusion, and trauma with an Argentine grotesque, the grotesco criollo.
This mural was created in March 2006, for the Tango Festival of Buenos Aires and the 50th Anniversary of Salon Canning. The motive of this work is to reflect the milonga through a set of images; the collaged figures belong to the show "Mirada de Tango." Photo courtesy of Guillermo Monteleone (www.photomonteleone.com).