Margarita Barrientos by Juan Doffo

Helping hand

Margarita Barrientos photographed by Juan Doffo.
Nest. Sulfurada and polished silver. 8 x 35 x 35 cm.


Margarita Barrientos (12 October 1951, Añatuya, Santiago del Estero) is an Argentine social worker, founder of the Los Piletones soup kitchen.

First years

He was born on October 12, 1951 in a humble family in Santiago del Estero province, in a village near Añatuya. His mother died of Chagas disease when she was a child. There are different versions about the aftermath: a version indicates that his father left them after this episode and she passed through Buenos Aires, to then settle in Comodoro Rivadavia, where he dedicated himself to household chores. While other versions speak of who traveled directly from Añatuya to Commodore. However, his sister Nélida belies some of his statements, indicating that Daisy ran away from their home while his mother was still sick and convalescent.


He married Isidro Antunez and had 9 children of their own and adopted 3. In 1996 he moved to the neighborhood Los Piletones, in the South of the city of Buenos Aires.  There began with the tasks of the community dining room giving food to 15 people, who would grow up to the 1200 today. At that time kept the dining room and your home based on the cirujeo. Later they began to receive donations of money and tickets for grocery supermarkets disk.

Subsequently, were added to the dining room facilities, as the nursery San Cayetano, the center of health Angela Palmisano and a day Center for grandparents

. The Foundation Dr. Henry Rossi presents a new proposal linked to the art in order to raise awareness about the importance of self-examination in the prevention of breast cancer. On this occasion will be fourteen sculptures created especially for the #ArtistaEnMetal #Marcelo Toledo who inspired hand of women convened, as special talent of each, which represents each piece. From this, they were photographed by Argentine photographers, creating this groundbreaking exhibition whose mission is to raise awareness from the symbolic, for the prevention of breast cancer, since they are the hands of women who can, through the auto exam early detection of disease.

"The hands of these women represent the hands of all women, seeking to mobilize consciousness and forming the idea that each one is unique and unrepeatable, that can be distinguished from other women by its activity, by their personal characteristics or its texture, but that given the possibility of contracting breast cancer, all become equal.


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