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Founded 2003
Buenos Aires, Argentina


CHELA is a center of contemporary culture open to the community. The project aims to create a collaborative environment that encourages dialogue between actors of different practices and allows the development of experimental projects. In its more than 15 years of activity, projects of contemporary art, music, theater, architecture, design, among others, were developed in collaboration with national and international institutions. The 5000 m2 building is equipped with digital construction workshops (CNC, laser cutter, 3D printers), wood workshop, screen printing workshop, auditorium, shared and private studios, and two housing spaces with 7 private rooms for the development of residences.

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cheLA is located in the traditional Parque Patricios neighborhood, 150 meters from the new Civic Center, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is a 5,000 m2 building, a former rationalist architecture factory, which is constantly restored and equipped thanks to the effort of the cheLA team and the help of public and private funds. The genesis of a space of these characteristics comes from observing the lack of places in Argentina for the development of medium and large-scale technological art, and of understanding its context: a neighborhood in the south of the City of Buenos Aires, an area that it has been historically relegated socially and culturally. It is in this sense that in the elaboration and curatorial approach prioritize projects that articulate artistic, technological and social interests.

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