Gemin: “Argentine graphic designers who migrated to Spain in the 80s wanted to continue training from practice”
As part of the 1970-1980 chapter of the curatorial program #Epic: Feats of Argentine Design, María Argente talks with Mario Gemin about the migration of referents of Argentine design to Spain from the 70s, and what they contributed to the professional field of both countries.
Mario Gemin is a graphic designer with 35 years of experience, graduated from the Superior School of Visual Arts, Mar del Plata. Before founding Estudio Gemin in 1991, he collaborated with Edgardo Antonio Vigo, and joined Estudio Zimmermann in Barcelona (1986-1989). In California (USA) he was the art director of the sportswear company Reef (1990-2005). Back in Argentina, he specialized in the design of catalogs and art books, as well as in visual communication and cultural graphics. Since 2016 he has been the art director of World Sport SRL. In 1999, he founded and co-directs the International Contemporary Art Fund (Mar del Plata) and, since 2002, the Drawing Club with Claudia del Río and América Sánchez. Since 1982, in parallel, he has been doing intense artistic work.
María Argente has a degree in Curation and History of the Arts (2012-2019) and in Museology and Management of Material Heritage (2017-2018) from the University of the Argentine Social Museum. She has worked as a cataloger at the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, as an educator at the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires, and as an editor and researcher for the Fundación Cinemateca Argentina. Since 2019 she is in charge of managing events for the graphic and comic publisher Barro Editora. Since 2021 he has been part of the IDA Foundation's Production Department, in the administration and cataloging of the heritage collection.
#Epic: Feats of Argentine Design is the multi-format curatorial program with which IDA proposes to review a century of Argentine design history, from 1920 to 2020, through its collection and other guest files.