Australian premiere of a photographic journey to the remote and vast land of the Huarpes, first people of the north-west Patagonian Region in today’s Argentina.

Ventana Arte - Frankston Arts Center

February 18 – April 13

FAC + Cube Galleries


Capilla de Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Las Lagunas (Lavalle)


Lagunas Del Rosario

The whole territory of these gaps is part of a vast plain, a barren desert man. In defying the will of this area, livelihood man cultivates more than 20,000 acres of vineyards, apricots and almonds, however it is characterized by its sweet watermelons and melons in addition to its sunny climate seco.Ubicado to 34 kms from the city of Mendoza, and with a widely dispersed population.

Within this enigmatic desert Lavalle department, we find the Chapel of the Rosary, with more than 300 years old, typical of the colonial era, is located in a desolate passage of pilgrimage on the occasion of the annual Virgin Rosario festival.Conservation one of The oldest images to reach the region, from Chile. Conserve still a marked colonial flavor, attending the festivities of the most remote regions of the country. Located 130 kms from the city of Mendoza. It is reached by Route 40 to Algarrobo Grande and from there to the chapel by a footprint of 41 kms. In this place the tombs of Tropero Sosa, effective collaborator of General San Martin during the campaign to liberate and several Indian chiefs.



La Catedral Del Desierto

In 1610 the Priest Domingo Benítez, built a ramada in Lagunas del Rosario, beginning indoctrination. Around 1753 a construction with adobe walls and roofs of cane, straw and mud very similar to the present one rises. The earthquake of 1861 deteriorated the chapel, and was soon recovered with the style and architecture so original that characterizes it.

La Catedral Del Desierto

Inside The Chapel

The Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary of Guanacache, known as the Cathedrals of the Desert of Lavalle.

Inside The Chapel

In 1601 Fray Juan Pérez de Espinosa, Bishop of Santiago, provides for the foundation of eleven parishes or doctrines, in aboriginal reductions for his evangelization.


 The Huarpes or Warpes are an indigenous Cuyo people in Argentina whose Mixogenized descendants are grouped mainly around the semidetacted lagoons of Guanacache.

Mixogenized descendants 

 Their native languages were the allentiac and the millcayac (see huarpes languages), of which few data are preserved

Cuyo people 

 Huarpe, inhabited an area bounded on the west by the Andes and on the east by the Pampas, in the present-day province of MendozaArgentina.


Huarpe, extinct Indian people of South America who inhabited an area bounded on the west by the Andes and on the east by the Pampas, in the present-day province of MendozaArgentina. They engaged in hunting and gathering to supplement their marginal agriculture. Huarpe settlements were usually found along rivers and lakes or in places where irrigation was possible. Each settlement was headed by a chieftain. The family consisted of a man and one or more wives. They worshipped a god, Hunuc Huar, who lived in the mountains, as well as the Sun, the Moon, the morning star, and the hills. The population was never very large. Deportation to Chile as industrial labourers contributed to their extinction in the early 18th century.


Rogelio Aguilera

Born in Junín, Mendoza, he currently lives in the department of San Martín, where he also works as a rural teacher.
His literary life has been linked to rural work, with special emphasis on what is known as the Lavalle desert. There he begins to work on his first texts participating in literary contests and writing workshops. In 2009, through the Provincial Fund for Culture, he made his first work "Poemas de Arena"(Poems of Sand), embodying in each chapter "the experiences of the teachers of sheltered schools". In 2011 he published "When the sun lived in me", his first novel where he narrates "the educational problems of sheltered schools and their contrast with life in the city", this work earned him the invitation and participation to the Fair of the International Book 2011 Buenos Aires.
Always aiming at the promotion of reading as its main objective is that in 2013 it publishes "Penales en la Siesta y otros cuentos"(Penalties in the Siesta and other Fables), a work that it manages to establish in schools in the East Zone as a didactic proposal. That is why it already has its fifth edition. From this book, together with Juan Azor and José Tumbarello, he creates the musical narrative show, with which they have traveled a large part of the province, in different schools and central and regional book fairs.
His latest book "Traveler. Stories of a mate ", is a compendium of 9 stories in which the author does not detach himself from his rural dye and uses" mate "as a vehicle for literature and the geography of his travels. In addition always attending the different educational proposals is that it provides an interactive map in which you can see and feel each of the places where the stories were experienced.
Rogelio was introduced to the Photographer through mariana Guzzante,
a journalist for the Cuyo newspaper Los Andes, both are an integral part of this exhibition.



En el Almacen

Lagunas Family

La Negra


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