|Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, Boston College / director of the film BRASCO.|
Ernesto Livon-Grosman was born and raised in Buenos Aires. In his early twenties, he moved to Patagonia, where he developed an interest in the history and the politics of that region. He later published Geografias imaginarias, a study about travel writers who created a mythical iconography of the Patagonian landscape, one in which the region is viewed as an uninhabited space despite the indigenous groups that have been living in the area for centuries.
During the last military dictatorship, Livon-Grosman emigrated to Costa Rica. He went back to Argentina in 1983 after the return of the democratic government. He now lives in the Boston area where he teaches literature and film at Boston College.
He has written, translated, and edited numerous books, and he released the film CARTONEROS in 2007, a testament to trashpickers in Buenos Aires, following the Argentine economic crisis.
For Livon-Grosman, documentary making always implies an unavoidable merge between the personal and the public sphere. He is interested in making films in which the private becomes the extension of the public; he sees the hinge between the two as one of the most attractive places for experimentation.