“Mi Buenos Aires Querido,”an exhibit of photographs by Martin Cohen, will be displayed from Saturday, February 21st, until Friday, April 10th, at Equator Books, 1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

The Argentinean capital city of Buenos Aires, or Baires, as Argentineans often refer to it, is considered a multi-faceted cultural capital in Latin America, Cohen says. In spite of a challenged economy, Argentineans still love to dress well and consumerism is everywhere, he says.

Cohen says the theme of the Mi Buenos Aires Querido exhibition is the interaction between the glamorous advertising and the “daily grind of the people.”

“There is a clear discrepancy and a striking, sometimes even comical contrast between the offered dream and the reality of

everyday life,” Cohen said.

“The ramifications are essentially the same in every big city, but nowhere as clearly noticeable as in Buenos Aires — people rush from home to work and from work to home, trying to keep up with the insanity of ever higher demands to reach an unreal dream that remains as alluring as it is elusive.”

The title Mi Buenos Aires Querido, or My Beloved Buenos Aires, is a famous tango from the 1930s sung by Carlos Gardel, evoking nostalgic memories of a time when Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world.

Cohen, who graduated from the Dutch Film Academy, has explored Latin America and most recently showed 50 images of Havana in the exhibit “Cuba – La RevoluciÛn y La Habana Contemporanea” in Buenos Aires.

He lives in Santa Monica with his wife Carolina.