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Journeys from the south : 31 July

Journeys from the south : 31 July

An ever-changing, curated programme of live performances, cutting-edge fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.

Held on the last Friday in every month (except December) from 18.30 - 22.00.
Friday Late is free and drop in. All events are available on a first come, first served basis.

All visitors to Friday Late should use the main entrance on Cromwell Road. Please note that if the event reaches capacity, we will operate on a one-in-one-out basis. If you are a V&A Member, corporate member or hold a ticket to an exhibition please use the Exhibition Road entrance.

Exhibition Tickets are available from the Exhibition Ticket Desks. Tickets are subject to availability, and no booking fee applies. Please note tills close at 20.30.

Friday Late: Journeys from the South
Friday 31 July
18.30 - 22.00

From indigenous materials to ancestral technologies, July’s Friday Late looks to the tradition of craftsmanship in Argentina and its continuing influence on the country’s contemporary art and design. Pay homage to the Argentinian landscape with a tapestry installation inspired by the grasslands, and hear about how current fashion designers are using traditional Munachi cult dolls to bring hand-weaving skills back to life. Join us for a true fiesta as we celebrate Argentina’s cultural roots through design, art and music.

All events are free and places are designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will take place at this event.
Please note, if the Museum reaches capacity we will allow access on a one-in, one-out basis.

The Ekeko Altar 
Spotlight Space, Grand Entrance
18.45, 19.45 & 20.45
In Altiplano cultures, the Ekeko is a god-like figure said to be a fortune bearer to whom worshippers would bring offerings of coca plant leaves, cigars and confetti paper. This installation is a kitsch reinterpretation by artists Chiachio & Giannone, portraying themselves as godly figures and placed upon an altar. Be part of the celebration as you make offerings to the artist and celebrate with confetti at hourly intervals throughout the evening.

Grand Entrance
Join Dajour as he takes over the Grand Entrance with an array of Latin sounds including Salsa, Latin, Jazz, Mexican tribal, and Brazilian funk music coming out of Argentina and the South American region.

Learn to Tango
Raphael, Room 48a
18.45, 19.45 & 20.45
Tango is a style of dancing that originated in the working class district of Buenos Aires. Europeans immigrating en masse to the port city in the late 19th century, brought with them the vibrant sounds of violin, flamenco guitar and upbeat rhythms, which young men and women on the lookout for love gravitated to, and the Tango was born. Come and learn the basic steps with teachers from Tango the Light at Friday Late’s very own milonga event, with London’s Tango dancing community keeping the rhythm going in between classes. Beginners welcome, no partners necessary!

China, Room 44- 47
Walk along Senderos, a knitted grassland that pays homage to native Argentinian landscapes. Artist Alexandra Kehayoglou’s work reignites her family craft tradition of carpet weaving, building on the technical production process with conceptual performance. Senderos is inspired by the ways that cows leave pathways across pastures, those flawed routes that are ploughed again and again.

Argentina 15
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b
Jamie Jenkinson, V&A Exhibition Road Digital Artist in Residence, explores physical and digital phenomena, and the social cognition of its production as a video image. Argentina 15 is a series of iPhone videos documenting a trip around Buenos Aires and northern Argentina. The collection of recordings develop into a cultural study of place and the technology used to document it.

On Education
Weston Cast Court, Room 46b 
On Education is a video work that explores the meaning of monuments. Argentinian born, London based artist Amalia Pica’s film ironically reflects upon the validity of monumental statuary as a tool for education. Pica’s work explores metaphor, communication and civic participation through drawings, sculptures, large-scale photographic prints, live performances and installations.
Courtesy of Herald Street London.

Pacha Munachis
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64b
Argentinian-based designers Carlos Gronda and Arturo Tezanos Pinto’s installation showcases a series of Pacha Munachi dolls. Their work explores their South American cultural identity through a modern take on a traditional doll, which they have designed to be both gender neutral and robotic in shape. From the person who selects the wood to the designer, each doll bears the mark of every individual involved in the process of its making. You are invited to make your own mark with an opportunity to dress up dolls in typical chaguar fiber costumes.

Talisman Dolls
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64b
18.45, 19.45 & 20.45
Anthropologist Lujan Cambariere’s research explores the culture of talisman dolls – we’ve invited her to speak about her research into these dolls as lucky charms for women and the healing powers they have that bring about female intuition. After a short talk, handcraft your own doll and keep it to guide you on your journey beyond the V&A.  

The John Madejski Garden
Artist César Baracca takes inspiration from Cortázar’s novel Rayuela (‘Hopscotch’)  by creating a series of hopscotch grids in the John Madejski garden. This playful installation is a quest to evoke childhood memories while referring at the same time to Hopscotch’s experimental narrative structure which can be read is several different sequences.There will be a reading from Rayuela by actor Pericles Snowdon at 18.45, 20.00 & 21.00

The John Madejski Garden
19.00 & 20.30
A sound artist from Buenos Aires, Nicolas Melmann combines different musical dimensions from acoustic instruments to analogue electronic music. Come and experience his live audio-visual soundscapes, composed to evoke and reflect sound portraits of the Argentinian landscape. Created by software and synthesisers, steel tongue and everything in between.

A Literary Experiment: Cortazar’s Hopscotch 
National Art Library
(Take stair L) 
Julio Cortázar’s novel Rayuela (Spanish for ‘Hopscotch’) written in 1963 was a landmark in Argentinian Literature and a key moment in the boom in fiction writing from Latin America at the time. Hear Ben Bollig, Lecturer in Latin American Literature and Film at University of Oxford, explain Cortázar’s work, exploring the author’s creative encounters with cinema, comics, and other visual arts.

Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom on the ground floor.

Paint the Jungle with Chiachio & Giannone 
Lunchroom, Learning Centre 
(Take stair L) 
Chiachio & Giannone use embroidery playfully in their work, adopting techniques traditionally associated with women in order to question their own practice as a male artist couple. Familia Guaraní is a tapestry that pictures the artists in a jungle inhabited by Guaraní tribes in the province of Misiones.  Join this workshop and discover the process behind embroidery by drawing your own jungle with the artists.

Loom Boom Collaboration Project
Tapestry, Room 94
(Take stair L) 
Loom Boom Collaboration Project is a documentary film by Miranda Castro shot in Buenos Aires, one of the few provinces in Argentina to have kept the tradition of hand weaving with looms alive. The film explores the creative process of fashion designer Julia Schang Viton and textile artisan Miriam Atencio’s use of this ancestral technique and llama wool to create contemporary garments. Items from their collection will be on display in the gallery.

Artist’s talk: Amalia Pica
The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
Amalia Pica’s work will be on display in the Cast Courts, Room 46b this evening. Come and hear Pica speak about her wide-ranging practice which explores metaphor, communication and civic participation through sculpture, drawing, photography, installation, performance and film. Pica has exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, Tate Modern Project Space, the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, the Royal College of Art in London, and the 2012 New Museum Triennial in New York.

Programme cover design
Souvenir programme wrap created by Argentinian-based illustrator Christian Montenegro.

Food & Drink
Drinks are available in the Grand Entrance throughout the evening and in the John Madejski Garden (weather permitting).

Food and drinks will be served in the Café until 21.00.

Coming Up
V&A presents Friday Late
Pushing Buttons 
Friday 28 August
Come push our buttons as radical videogame design takes over the V&A. Play, make and spectate in arcades, workshops and performances that take us from the rebellious world of altgames through to the massive cultural phenomenon of esports. 

Also On Tonight
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
14 March – 2 August 2015.
In partnership with Swarovski
Supported by American Express
With thanks to MAC
Technology Partner Samsung

What is Luxury?
25 April – 27 September 2015
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016
Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860
24 June – 11 October 2015

About Friday Late
Friday Late began in 1999, establishing the much-copied format for London cultural centres' evening events. The programme celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with both leading and emerging artists and designers. By providing a platform through which to test ideas and challenge convention, Friday Late aims to inspire and provoke, whilst encouraging audiences to interact with the Museum’s collections in new ways.

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