A Charango with no Borders


Monteviejo Winery, Mendoza

Plus + Arte in Monteviejo 

April 12 - May 15 2017

In 2015 Jaime Torres toured Australia with his band, not only to play his music, but also to share his culture with the natives of Australia, the Aborigines. 

His travels included recitals in big cities like Melbourne and Sydney, and he would also travel to the harsh Outback of Western Australia, where he would meet with the protectors of "The Land." 

The Aborigines demonstrated how they can survive in an environment as hard as the deserts of Australia, stories of their ancestors were shared and stories of difficulties and survival in their native lands would be exchanged. 

Along the way Jaime would meet with musicians like Archie Roach, William Barton and the Pigram Brothers, and through music two cultures became acquainted and understood each other without speaking any words. 

Workshops were held on the manufacture of Andean instruments for local musicians, and the Aborigines conducted workshops on how to build Boomerangs and clap sticks (an Aboriginal musical instrument). 

When everything came to an end, Jaime Torres, Manuela Torres, Juan Cruz Torres, Federico Siciliano, Goyo Alvares and Javier Gallego Romero had traveled more than 10,000 kilometres within Australia. 

A Charango without borders is a story told in a few photographs. 

It deals with two cultures that come together through the bond of music.

Jaime Torres

Jaime Torres (born 21 September 1938) is an Argentine musician, son of Bolivian immigrants and a world-renowned interpreter of charango. He was disciple of Mauro Núñez, a Bolivian musician and luthier that built his first musical instruments.

In 1974, the performer, along with his band, participated in the opening show of the World Cup soccer in Germany. A year later, Jaime Torres organized a local meeting of instrumentalists, repeating the same experience with children in 1980. In 1988 the musician composed the music for the film "La deuda interna", that was nominated for an Oscar.

In 1964 he participated in the recording of the Misa Criolla with Ariel Ramírez, and in 1965 he made his first European tour.

Richard Hunter

Richard Hunter, the main storyteller of Goolarabooloo, his tribe. "This is my job, I tell the stories, our law in these stories," he says, showing his contagious smile. "Keep this story alive," adds the old man, "but you have to learn to listen, to listen".

Archie Roach

Archibald William "Archie" Roach, is an Australian musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He survived a turbulent education and became a powerful voice for Australian aborigines. He is a narrator of the tradition of his ancestors and a national artist and popularly respected.

William Barton

William Barton is recognized as one of the leading artist of the Didgeridoo in the classical world.

"I'm doing what I love," says Barton. "I want to take the oldest culture in the world and combine it with the rich musical legacy of Europe."

Teresa Roe

In 2010 near Broome (Western Australia), protests led by Teresa Roe, Matriarch of the Aborigines of the Kimberly region, challenged the Government and Mining Industry, who came together to build a Gas Line that threatened the burial place Of their ancestors


The Photographer

Osvaldo Civetta was born in Buenos Aires Argentina and immigrated to Melbourne Australia at the age of fifteen. 

Always attracted by visual Art, he studied Photography, Television, Art and Cinema. 

His career expands 32 years in the Television Industry as a Lighting Director. 

Since 2012 he has concentrated on his photography and now prefers this medium. 

He has worked and traveled with other Argentine artists like Leon Gieco and Argentino Ledesma. 

A Charango with No Borders is his first Show outside of Australia.

Siku Workshops

Juan Cruz Torres held a construction and interpretation workshop for the native Australians on the Andean instrument The Siku .

Welcome to Australia

'Welcome to the Country' is an important Aboriginal ceremony and invites non-indigenous peoples to recognize Aboriginal culture and history.

James Price Point

James Price Point is a promontory in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It is located 54 km north of Broome. James Price Point had been the setting for the LNG Browse project, currently canceled.


Cable Beach is a 22km stretch of white sandy beach in the eastern Indian Ocean about 6km west of Broome, Western Australia.

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