Casa Daros presents a selection of Cuban art from the Daros Latinamerica Collection.
There are couple of countries in Latin America that can boast such a consistently growing artistic landscape as has flourished in Cuba. In spite of all financial and political hardship prevailing on this Caribbean island, the nationwide Cuban art academy ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte) remains to produce outstanding and vital artists.
For the exhibition Cuba– FicciÃ³n y FantasÃa at Casa Daros, we have selected works from seventeen Cuban artists, manythe majority of whom live and work in Havana. The 119 artworks on display screen that have found their way into the Daros Latinamerica Collection over the previous fifteen years were developed in between 1975 and 2008, hence spanning more than thirty years. This option is obviously not with the ability of offering a thorough overview of all artistic motions in Cuba; it does, nevertheless, supply an exceptional understanding into the most essential aspects of Cuban artistic development of the past years.
Ranging from an underlying important range to paradox to sarcasm, the political and social analysis as pursued by LÃ¡zaro Saavedra, Ren Francisco, and Tonel is both absorbing and animating. The works by Los Carpinteros (Marco Antonio Castillo Vald s, Dagoberto RodrÃguez SÃ¡nchez, Alexandre JesÃºs Arrechea Zambrano) and by the bros Ivan and Yoan Capote are defined by playful conceptualism and reflect the conditions and contradictions that are particularly Cuban and frequently bizarre. Juan Carlos Alom has actually created a very distinct and inexplicably poetic images of an existentialist nature, while the photographic works by Manuel PiÃ±a handle the stress in between wishing and inevitable truth. The daily videos by Javier Castro smartly render what his fellow resident Joe Blow needs to say. In their extreme efficiencies, Ana Mendieta and Tania Bruguera open the conversation on their existential condition as women and as sociopolitical beings, respectively. Marta Maria P rez Bravo examines her own (female) role against the iconographic background of the SanterÃa, a syncretic Cuban religion. Jos Bedia, Belkis AyÃ³n, and Santiago RodrÃguez OlazÃ¡bal, finally, creatively reflect the spiritual imagery of Afro-Cuban religious beliefs that appears so mysterious to the not started.
Curated by Hans-Michael Herzog and Katrin Steffen…