Horacio Sanchez Fantino "Rosario City" 2012
170 x 130 cm
Sánchez Fantino was born in Rosario, Argentina, and lives and works in Buenos Aires where he has been creating paintings and assemblages with wood, canvas, paper and recycled materials for over 30 years. His work has been exhibited and collected internationally.
In 2010 Fantino developed the Tin Can Maps project – an artistic interpretation of cartography using discarded tin can materials to create wall sculptures. He takes pictures and researches newspapers, maps, and aerial and Google Earth images of the locations where he perceives social, political or ecological conflict: urban centers where piles of garbage are produced, areas ecologically damaged by human consumption, shantytowns and their social, cultural and urban burden. Whereas satellite aerial views show social and architectonic characteristics and environmental damage, Fantino’s art brings together views from above with actual discarded materials taken from that location. This creates a tangible sensory perception of the global problem of waste, consumer society and planned obsolescence.
The production process involves a team of people from different social levels, and recycling cooperatives and neighbors who provide the material. Fantino developed a program to train young people from the Villa neighborhoods to give them the experience of creating art in a social and collaborative effort, and the sense of accomplishment in exhibiting the work in their neighborhoods.