ALTERFOCUS is a platform that aims to link the Latin American community living in Berlin with its environment through art and culture.
The name was inspired by the intention of finding a concept that links all Latin American people living in Berlin. Connecting us through an inescapable common point. Alterfocus is the combination of two Latin words Alter (adj., masc. "other") and Focus (sust., masc. "fire/home").
Alterfocus was born from our conviction that the artistic process is enhanced when it is not thought of as an individual and solitary act, but as the confluence of knowledge and talents throughout a chain of collaborative work that goes far beyond an artistic piece. isolated.
With this perspective, a more real and holistic vision is achieved that includes not only the artist, but also producers, cultural managers, journalists, technicians, web programmers, translators, copywriters, community managers, stage designers, lighting designers, and an unimaginable etcetera.
That is why not only artists interact here, but also the entire Latin community that through their profession wants to participate and get involved in artistic and cultural projects.
Also in our case, immigrants, far from our homes for the most varied reasons, we believe that cooperation and help between the community not only enhances our artistic work but also our insertion as inhabitants of a city that, at times, can show itself a little hostile.
Here we offer an inclusive and container space for the Latin American community that for various reasons we have chosen Berlin as our “other home” where all people are welcome regardless of characteristics such as gender, age, origin, nationality or ethnicity, religion, disability or orientation. sexual.
Franco Nottaris is a versatile and restless worker of culture and art. Tireless, curious, versatile.
Graduated as a Bachelor of Arts and Cultural Management at the Provincial University of Córdoba (Argentina) and previously as a Sound Technician at La Metro, School of Design and Audiovisual Communication; since adolescence he has traveled through urban art, music, sound, film, graphic design, fashion, editorial, visual / video art, stage technique, electronics, cultural management, production, academic research, etc.
For almost seven years he developed multiple tasks in one of the most important cultural centers in Argentina, where his work as a graphic designer and producer stood out.
Con motivo de su Tesis de grado en el año 2018 realizó el primer relevamiento sobre la situación actual de los centros culturales de la ciudad de Córdoba. Los resultados arrojados fueron de gran importancia y bienvenidos por la Secretaría de Cultura de la Municipalidad de Córdoba, ya que no se contaba con un antecedente de este tipo.
This work also resulted in the "Management Vademecum for Independent Cultural Spaces" which, together with the results of the research, were published in the book "Independent Culture Córdoba, an archive that begins" (2019).
In 2017 he created visuals Muscae Volrantes, a duo of visual artists, with whom he has participated in presentations in Argentina, Italy, Spain and Germany. Currently in activity.
He has lived in Berlin for almost two years and his passion for cultural management led him to create this project called Alterfocus together with Manuel Soria.
Manuel Soria was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where as a teenager he became interested in writing and photography. He began by taking photos of his friends and their daily life, not only because the analog process was entertaining and magical, but also because of the importance of capturing the essence of those moments as part of memory. Before finishing high school, he moved with his family to the north of Argentina, to the province of Tucumán, where he began his formal studies in film photography at the University School of Film, Video and TV. As a student, he began to make short films, video clips, advertisements and programs on local TV, later continuing professionally as a cameraman, director of photography and director of documentaries and feature films throughout the Argentine territory.
In 2013 he became interested in fashion photography, a discipline that encompasses, in a way, two elements he is passionate about; storytelling and portrait photography.
In 2017 she moves to Berlin without knowing that it was going to be her new home for the next few years. Since her arrival she slowly started to get involved in the world of fashion photography. Also, soon after arriving, she starts uploading videos regularly to Youtube where it focuses on providing information to those interested in migrating to Germany, understanding that it is not an easy step to take and seeking to give security to those people who want to start a new stage in Europe.
In April 2020, while in quarantine in Barcelona, he co-founded Alterfocus with Franco Nottaris.
Hannah K. Grimmer
Hannah Katalin Grimmer es una académica y curadora alemana con una pasión infinita por América Latina.
Gracias al arte en y desde América Latina, se dio cuenta de que el trabajo académico, las exposiciones y los movimientos sociales pueden ir de la mano – a diferencia de lo que se entiende en Alemania.
Con un máster en Curaduría (Frankfurt/Méno) y dos licenciaturas en Estudios Culturales y Estudios Románicos (Leipzig) se ha interesado siempre por cuestiones como: Qué es la cultura, qué significa la memoria, qué papel desempeñan las artes en la sociedad y qué conectan al arte con el activismo.
Su amor por América Latina surgió mientras vivió en Ciudad de México en 2012. Además, residió en París durante seis meses y en Santiago de Chile durante más de un año.
Hizo investigaciones sobre la representación de los detenidos desaparecidos en el arte contemporáneo de Chile y Argentina.
En su proyecto de doctorado se centra en conceptos positivos como la esperanza, la solidaridad y la dignidad investigando la conexión entre el arte, los movimientos sociales y la memoria en Chile.
En su desarrollo laboral, Hannah participó en varios proyectos de exposiciones, escribió diversos artículos para revistas y libros de artistas, trabajó como mediadora de arte y dio charlas. Tras una estancia de curaduría en el Gropius Bau, comenzó su doctorado. Reside en Berlín y trabaja como asistente de investigación en la Universidad de Kassel y en el Instituto de la documenta.
Lucía is from Neuquén, Patagonia Argentina, where she lived until she was 18 years old and then moved to the city of Córdoba. There she completed and finished her university studies as a Teacher and Bachelor in Psychology. As soon as she finished her undergraduate thesis, at the end of 2017, she left the country, traveling for a year in Mexico and then Spain. During that trip, already away from the world of academia, she immersed herself self-taught in literature, connecting also with writing and particularly with poetry, publishing in a poetic anthology of the Mexican publishing house. LectioAs part of the same poetic search, during this journey he also began to work with analog photography.
At the end of 2018 he travels to Berlin to arm himself in the German city, a new home. At the beginning of 2019 he was part of the podcast Rathausa program aimed at the Spanish-speaking community in Berlin.
Since 2019 and up to the present, she has been trained in different writing workshops, poetry workshops and literary clinics, with writers such as Flavia Calise, Cecilia Pavón, Natalia Romero or Laureana Cardelino. In 2021, during a pandemic winter, she wrote and co-edited the poetry and photobook Podriamos curar también en la repetición, published by Sabaan artistic and editorial studio. During this year he also participated in the artistic residency N/n, a literary experimentation program oriented to new contemporary narratives.
Besides literature, she loves music and every now and then takes singing lessons or plays songwriting with her guitar. During the Berlin summer, she hardly goes a day without going swimming in the lake or a weekend without visiting a Freiluftkino, her two favorite things to do in the city.
Lucía writes and curates the section “La ciudad y las luces” within our Blog.
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