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Bettina Costa


Collage, Paper on Cardboard

Size: 7.9 W x 11.8 H x 0.1 D in

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I was born in Argentina, the home of tango. However, I never paid much attention to that aspect of my culture. I regarded tango as something “for old people”. I never thought I would ever be interested in tango… until I emigrated. Living abroad I realized that tango was really Argentina’s music symbol. Whenever I said I’m from Argentina, I was immediately asked: “Can you dance tango?” At the beginning of the 20th century Argentina was crowded with immigrants hoping to earn their fortunes in this newly expanding country to return to Europe or bring their families to the other side of the ocean. The tango lyrics reflect their profound sense of loss and longing for the people and places they left behind. Tango helped them to forget their sorrows. I am also an immigrant. I came to Switzerland for a quite different reason from that of those immigrants in Argentina and I’ve never been homesick at all. But perhaps unconsciously I was looking for something that could help me not to lose my roots. And I found it with tango. No, I cannot dance tango; not at least in the traditional way. With my series “Pasos de Tango” I want to show how I deal with my life far away from Argentina. Tango evolved. With acoustic music and synthesizers the “Tango nuevo” was popularized in the 60‘s. Today, tango enjoys worldwide popularity; ever-evolving, neo-tango is a global phenomenon with renown groups like Tanghetto, Bajofondo and Gotan Project. In the same way I want to show this evolution with my works: tango is no longer for me something “for old people”. Tango is modern, tango is fashion, tango is global. And most important: tango helps me to get my roots back. Tango is identity. Bettina Costa – Switzerland / 2015

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Collage:Paper on Cardboard

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Size:7.9 W x 11.8 H x 0.1 D in

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Bettina Costa was born in Rosario (Argentina) in 1965. Autodidact, her talent shows the legacy of his father Aldo Costa (illustrator and painter). She lives in Switzerland since 2001. Her journey as plastic artist began in Argentina with a realistic style, strongly marked by the conflict between what she believed she should paint and what she wanted to paint. The abstract world called her, and the understanding that a painting does not necessarily need to be exactly like the reality it represents, gave her wings to fly into the world of the abstraction. Rough terrain, sinuous and complex; the multiple layers covering her abstract works (paper, plaster, acrylic) invite the observer to discover and perceive a world full of shapes, colors, lights and shadows. The nostalgia for her homeland makes her appeal to a new theme “Tango”; connecting thread of her current works “Tango de Papel“, “Tangollage” and her latest series “Pasos de Tango“. With a personal technique, using collage and acrylic, the artist manages to bring together movement, passion and music, she overlaps suggestive images, harmonic and contrasting colors, which act with even intensity on the surface of the paper and on the feelings of the observer. Bettina’s works invite us to travel to Argentina, to feel the magic of tango; sensual and popular dance, human figures, anonymous persons moving to the beat, tight embraced bodies, thoughts drifting into the distance, squinted eyes, legs that caress and entwine. Music that penetrates the soul and leaves the body as movement. Her works invite us to dance. Original text (Spanish) by María Milagros Labrador - Art critic - Universidad Nacional de Rosario – Argentina

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