From Uruguay with love

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

uruguay 311 (photo credit: Testoni brothers)
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 whyUruguayans are so renowned for being good hosts, hospitable, friendlyand always ready to lend a helping hand to visitors. In order toreproduce the moments that have shaped the collective memory ofUruguayans, the country’s embassy has enlisted Julio and HectorTestoni, two of Uruguay’s most prominent photographers. The exhibitionwas promoted by the ambassador of Uruguay, Bernard Greiver.
Even though more than half of the country lives in the capitalMontevideo, Uruguay has a very rich rural life and the Testoni brothersshow in their exhibition many views of it and the Uruguayan cowboys –the “gauchos.”
The exhibition is dedicated to Uruguayan communities abroad and to thechildren and grandchildren of Uruguayans born abroad who maintainfeelings of affection for the country as in the case of the estimated12,000 Uruguayan Jews who have made aliya.
The exhibition runs through June 17.