Cuban Gold: Viva la Reproducción – exhibition of contemporary Cuban prints . 20 January 2011 – 4 June 2011
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Features work by artists: Abel Barroso, Agustin Valdés, Aliosky García, Angel Ramirez, Antonio Nuñez, Anyelmaidelín Calzadilla, Dania Fleites, Elio Rodriguez, Edgar Hechevarría, Frank Martínez, Gustavo del Valle, Hanoi Pérez, Ibrahim Miranda, Janet Brosard, José A. Toirac , Lazaro Saavedra, Lisandra Ramirez, Luis Goméz, Mabel Poblet, Norberto Marrero, Octavio Irving, Osmeivy Ortega, Sandra Ramos, Tomy R. Ortiz Sánchez, Yamilis Brito, Jacqueline Brito.
Cuban art always has something powerful to say. Curated by Sandra Ramos and David Palacios, this show features younger Cuban artists who grew up after the revolution. With a heightened international interest in Latin American art, this is a rare opportunity to view and collect prints by emerging Cuban artists.
What does it mean to be a Cuban artist in 2011? The Cuban art scene has expanded beyond the country’s borders. Museums and curators from Europe and the UK are increasingly interested in Cuban and Latin American art.
The story of Cuban art is one of a young country with ancient traditions – baroque; academic; Hispanic; African; Catholic; syncretic. There are internationally admired 20th century masters like Wilfredo Lam; There is a question of national identity and art as collective action – an issue addressed by some artists in the exhibition. But there are also questions of individuality; the role of the artist in Cuban society, and the influence of international institutions and markets within Cuba. Also in this show contemporary Cuban artists are dealing with religion, race and gender; the City and globalisation; Cuban daily life; power relationships and the individual’s alienation in the 21st Century.
Artists with work in the show include Abel Barroso, with light hearted images of impossible machines; Mabel Poblet with her kinetic games; Jose Toirac with his ‘exhumations’ of historic fragments; Jacqueline Brito and her Mirage print series of the seashore, imaginary ships and migration; Sandra Ramos with her ‘Alice in Wonderland’ figures, Osmeivy Ortega and his idiosyncratic inhabitants of the ‘real’ Cuba.
While most of the artists whose work is on display have been featured in leading international exhibitions, this is the first time any of their work has been exhibited anywhere in the UK.
Sandra Ramos, a well known Havana based artist and curator selected the exhibition from ‘The Multiple Print’ project, a series of shows that gathers the best printed and reproducible work made in Cuba incorporating digital art, photography, video, performance, and installations as well as traditional printmaking techniques. A further selection took place by David Palacios, a London based Cuban artist responsible for bringing the show to the UK.
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