The introduction to Verano Porteño by Eduardo Carrera states:
One day summer started, and nobody in Argentina noticed. It was December 21, 2001, the Friday they counted the bodies.
It was on this day, after two days of rioting, that then president Fernando de la Rua resigned, departing the Casa Rosada by helicopter. Carrera’s series depicts summertime leisure in Buenos Aires during the summer of economic crisis in 2001/2002.
Carrera works as a photojournalist and was present during the riots in Plaza de Mayo on the 20th of December 2001. His website features a slideshow of the riot pictures which makes a fascinating counterpoint to the series above.
There is nothing topical about this post. These works were exhibited back in 2003. I was at a bookstore recently, flipping through a book of Argentine photography and was stopped cold by these images so I figured I’d post them here.