To say that Argentina is experiencing a period of instability isn’t entirely accurate, as the country has rarely known an era free from the anxiety and struggles of economic and political turmoil. When I arrived in Buenos Aires in November of 2018 the country had experienced a +30% currency inflation in the last seven months; nationwide strikes in protest of the government’s austerity measures (and a projected $57 billion bailout by the IMF) had brought all industry to a halt in late September; a bill legalizing abortion had just been voted down by Argentina's Senate the month before; and the country was bracing for news from Brazil, anticipating human rights violations coming out of the neighboring country’s newly elected government headed by Jair Bolsonaro. During my stay strikes and protests continued on a rolling basis (many in anticipation of the G20 summit), which would have disrupted the daily flow of life if not for the fact that the city is entirely used to these kinds of disruptions.
Folks in Buenos Aires go about their days informed and unfazed. Commuters are considerate to one another and the late afternoon’s sweet breezes blend into warm orange sunsets. The intense history of the country (see Premonitions) and perpetual anxiety over the future has shaped a city trapped in amber, stuck in an eternal present full of beauty and resignation. Votes from the Dead is a developing body of work.