From Uruguay with love

A photography exhibition at Tel Aviv University portrays the landscapes and customs of the South American country.

June 11, 2010 22:01
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uruguay 311. (photo credit: Testoni brothers)

‘Uruguay, Approach to National Identity,” a photography exhibition currently on show at the Main Library of Tel Aviv University, offers visitors the chance to learn about Uruguay’s customs, traditions and recreational activities through artistic and landscape pictures, both urban and rural.

Uruguay offers a wide diversity of natural landscapes in perfect balance, with a stable climate year-round, rolling pastures, invigorating beaches and care for the environment.

The exhibition reveals the beauty of Uruguay and the reason why Uruguayans are so renowned for being good hosts, hospitable, friendly and always ready to lend a helping hand to visitors. In order to reproduce the moments that have shaped the collective memory of Uruguayans, the country’s embassy has enlisted Julio and Hector Testoni, two of Uruguay’s most prominent photographers. The exhibition was promoted by the ambassador of Uruguay, Bernard Greiver.

Even though more than half of the country lives in the capital Montevideo, Uruguay has a very rich rural life and the Testoni brothers show in their exhibition many views of it and the Uruguayan cowboys – the “gauchos.”

The exhibition is dedicated to Uruguayan communities abroad and to the children and grandchildren of Uruguayans born abroad who maintain feelings of affection for the country as in the case of the estimated 12,000 Uruguayan Jews who have made aliya.

The exhibition runs through June 17.

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