Apr 24 Cuban Art at the Edge

4.24.18 ~ 11:30am ~ 537 Heller Hall
Specters of Survivance: Cuban Art at the Edge

Presented by:Maria de Lourdes Marino, Art historian, curator, and critic. MPA (Candidate) School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware

There is a zone of Cuban Art inhabited by a type of production that is always at the edge of what is considered permissible in Cuba. This art moves in and out of the established rules, crossing a living space signed by contradiction. Sometimes, without any political aim, they represent a diverse political landscape of Cuban reality. Some of the artwork we are referring to is produced by artists who have graduated from the Higher Institute of Arts (ISA) or the International Cinema School (EICTV). Some of them live in Cuba, others do not. Some do not reside in Havana City, a significantly different Cuban Art circuit. These artists play with images and words using different mediums, from painting to video. Through their artwork, we can feel political disagreements, social tensions between the official discourse and reality, painful memories, but also hopes and dreams. However, this we can only feel; there is almost no statement about it. No complete truth or idealistic project embrace these feelings. There is, of course, also a bit of cynicism, violence, and the bitter irony from those who reflect on history at the end of failure.
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