On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 5:30 p.m., the visual artist Tana Garrido was presenting part of her work and the results of her artistic residency developed in the Artista X Artista space. During this period, Garrido has carried out an audiovisual observatory of the domestic space of several Cuban women descendants of Basques in order to articulate under the same discourse: gender, territory and memory.
Paisajes residuales [Residual Landscapes] brings together artworks that question the relationship between Culture and Nature. The artist transforms the exhibition space into a stage where a dialogue between everyday objects takes place, establishing disruptive meanings between them.
Workshop: Frames of a tension. ‘Asphyxiation for torsion’.
We worked on the body, its limits and possibilities having classic sculptures as the starting point.
The balance axes and the static movement.
Tension of the ephemeral,
emancipation of the limits as an expanded term.
Work with the students of the National School of Circus (ENA) has been interesting from a plastic view point.
Prepared bodies for contortion and acrobatics.
Borders-portals revisits two works that treat the idea of frontier as an open portal for new possibilities of life. Map for the Island of Lampedusa was made in 2015, year of the boom of the migration crisis by sea, from Africa to Europe. The work contrasts the grim statistics of deaths in the Mediterranean Sea that appeared in the news with the paradisiacal landscape of the island.
The impulse to discover what drove the artist towards Lampedusa is perhaps similar to that of the migration stories that are told in the serigraphs that make up From Sail Navigation to Supersonic Return. A brief moment in which the dreams of whoever notices the island of an infinite ocean, cross in the air.
The story of Romana da Conceição, a Brazilian who at age 12, in 1900, traveled from Salvador de Bahía to Lagos on the ship "Alianza", joins that of the singer Okwei Odili, who in 2015 came from Lagos to live in Salvador. In 1963, Romana had the opportunity to visit Brazil, invited by the Brazilian government, interested in establishing commercial relations with newly independent Nigeria. Her trip was documented by the main newspapers and magazines of the time. The posters show fragments of the documentation of this visit with an archive of the story of Okwei Odili, made through an interview with the singer, in a crossroad of cyclic migration stories.
The artists Jimena Kato (Lima, 1979) and Tamara Arroyo (Madrid, 1972) begin their period of residence with the inauguration of the exhibition "The linearity interrupted", in the Space Artista X Artista, on Thursday September 7, at 18 : 00 h. The exhibition can be visited after the opening by appointment. This residence is the result of the collaboration between Artista X Artista and El Ranchito, of Matadero Madrid.
Jimena Kato presents a work whose central core revolves around the performative possibilities of the sculptural and the graphic. Each exploration around the matter is defined by the steps, processes, traces and gestures developed in a specific time and space. Time and movement become a constituent part of the piece itself.
Tamara Arroyo uses the forms and architectural material as a continuity of a creative process in which, from her own experience, she tells us about how architecture influences us, not only from the geometric and formal point of view, but also from a psychological point of view.
Ismar Cirkinagic was born in 1973 in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and has lived in Denmark since 1992.
He graduated in 2006 from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts with professors such as Reuter Christiansen, Danh Vo, Emil Westman Herz and the artist group A-Kassen. He has widely shown in Denmark at Nikolaj Kunsthallen, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Overgaden - institute of contemporary art, Søro Art Museum, Esbjerg Art Museum, HEART Contemporary Art Museum, ARoS Art Museum. Internationally he has exhibited in CDAV, Cuba; Liverpool Biennale-City States, UK; MAC Belfast, North Ireland; Artsi Museum, Finland; Miami PULSE, US; The Lviv National Art Gallery, Ukraine, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo BiH etc. In 2010 he received a 3 years grant from The Danish Arts Council. Two of his shows had received the prize of The Danish Ministry of Culture, and one was nominated for the AICA prize. His work is part of private and public collections such as ARoS Art Museum, National Museum of Photography, Søro Art Museum and the Danish Arts Foundation and Copenhagen Municipality. Until 2020 he will be a jury member of the board at the Association for Contemporary Artists’ Society (Kunstnersamfundet) at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
The residency of Ismar Cirkinagic in Artista X Artista and the exhibition curated by Tijana Miskovic is kindly supported by Danish Arts Council. Thanks also to: GOOD WORK PRODUCTIONS/Nina Wengel, Mira Kongstein and Xiomara Rangel Sandoval.
To close a prolific 2018, we invite you on Friday, December 21 to join us in three presentations. We will begin the afternoon with a talk by the artists Louis Arturo Aguirre (Camagüey, 1991) and Luis Enrique Milán Bouza (Ciego de Ávila, 1990) who are in Havana as part of the La Temporal residency program (first residency program for Cuban artists of the Visual Arts Development Center - CDAV) with the collaboration of Artista X Artista.
We will continue with the presentation of the project probableprobable by Julio Llópiz-Casal. probableprobable is a brand of clothes and other types of accessories, created by Julio Llopiz-Casal in 2016. It is fundamentally based on the intervention on textile surfaces and the recycling of clothing, objects and images of cultural history. Artisanal work is very important for the brand, although it does not reject the possibilities of serial industrial reproduction in any of its variants.
Rather than designing objects with the objective of being desired, it is likely that you are interested in designing a complicity. We are interested that those who use what we design feel that, rather than wearing a shirt or accessory, they have an attitude: before society, before the cultural industry, before politics. Those who use probableprobable are leaving an optimistic testimony, ironic and not at all naive, about the time that we have to live.
And to end the night we will have a talk of the Balada Tropical collective (integrated by: Amanda Alonso, Nelson Barrera, Jorge Pablo Lima, Víctor Piverno, Leonardo Luis Roque and Ricardo Martínez). Balada Tropical will present in his talk the projects Weightlifting Volume II (2012), Based on real events / Balada Tropical visits the Earth (2017), Cañas y Palmas (2018) and Cocktail Balada Tropical (2017); They will also present some of their works in the space.
In this talk Reynier Leyva Novo, Cuban artist, talked about the most relevant of his artistic career and how he has developed his statement through different provocative gestures.
Sara Murguía, on her workshop with students:
I asked the children to imagine the lives of Cubans in the future. They had to imagine what kind of decorative motives they will use in their clothes, tools and other customizations like tattoos, and I asked them to draw them in paper, keeping in mind that they could be figurative, abstract and symbolic representations. At last, they had to paint them on each other's arms and face. The idea was that they were aware of the importance of ornament and motives that they are surrounded by and the connection with their lives, emotions and way of thinking.
The workshop is a way to work with imaginaries and forms of cultural representation and different times, which joins the work presented in Artista X Artista, that the kids visited afterwards. In this show, there is a video in which historical recreations appear and the kids can discover similarities between their drawings of ornaments and the ones the can see in this scenes of the past.
Sara Munguía (Santander, 1989) and Miriam Isasi (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1981), our new residents are already in Havana. To start their period of residence this Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. we will have the inauguration of their show in Artista X Artista. The exhibition can be visited after the opening by appointment.
Artista X Artista is pleased to invite you to the talk of the Mexican collective Tercerunquinto (Gabriel Cazares and Rolando Flores) at our headquarters next Thursday, April 6, at 7 PM. To conclude his period of residence in Havana, as part of the Artista X Artista exchange program with SAPS-La Tallera (Mexico), Tercerunquinto has conceived "Foreign Investment", a work that consists in using the budget assigned by the Mexican institution to acquire a set of building materials (cement, bricks, blocks, sand and steel rods) that will be displayed, as an installation, the day of the talk in the space of residence.
To give finality to the work Terceunquinto will launch, that afternoon, an open call for Cuban artists interested in using these construction materials for the production of a new artistic project, so that later, from among the proposals presented, the jury will select one.
With this work Gabriel and Rolando give continuity to a series of projects recently produced, in which the building materials have been fundamental discursive elements. With "Foreign Investment", they seek to emphasize in particular the line that draws the path they have followed to think and produce a new site-specific work, a historical concept that becomes one of the main strategies by means of which they define a good part of their production. On the other hand, they show an interest in positioning and questioning this concept from the field of Economics with respect to a system of production and artistic international institutional circulation, investigating and promoting critical readings around a circuit of this nature.
In the years immediately before and after the 1959 Revolution, Havana was one of the great laboratories for experiments with modern architecture. It absorbed and transformed international tendencies but it also invented whole new models of architecture in a pulsating flux.
On Wednesday, March 22, at 6pm, e-flux Architecture will present, in Artista X Artista space, SUPERHUMANITY TALKS. Join Superhumanity editors Nick Axel, Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley along with special guests including Miguel Coyula, Rubén Gallo, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez and Rachel Price for a series of presentations and conversations.
Drawing from “The Obligation to Self-Design” (e-flux journal issue 0), a text by Boris Groys in which a genealogy of design is traced from the design of the soul and the design of the self to "the design of life as a whole," Superhumanity responds to the theme of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial—Are We Human?—by engaging with and departing from the concept of the “self.” Superhumanity aims to explore and challenge our understanding of “design” by probing the idea that we are and always have been continuously reshaped by the artifacts we shape, to which we ask: who designed the lives we live today? What are the forms of life we inhabit, and what new forms are currently being designed? Where are the sites, and what are the techniques, to design others?
With Superhumanity, 50 invited, writers, scientists, artists, architects, designers, philosophers, historians, archeologists and anthropologists bring new insight to these and related questions.
Miguel Coyula is a Cuban filmmaker and writer. His films include Cucarachas rojas (Red Cockroaches, 2003), Memorias del Desarrollo (Memories of Overdevelopment, 2010) and Blue Heart (2017).
Rubén Gallo teaches at Princeton University and is author of Freud's Mexico (MIT Press, 2010) and Proust's Latin Americans (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). His essay "Designer Sex" was published as a part of Superhumanity on November 14, 2016.
Pedro Juan Gutiérrez is a Cuban novelist and writer of Dirty Havana Trilogy.
Rachel Price is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University. Her most recent book, Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture, and the Future of the Island, was published by Verso Books in 2015.
Superhumanity is a project by e-flux Architecture at the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, produced in cooperation with the Istanbul Design Biennial, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand, and the Ernst Schering Foundation.
On the morning of March 28, the group Tercerunquinto had the first meeting with students of Visual Arts, of the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) as part of the Workshop they will carry out during their stay in Havana. Here we leave some images of the workshop and the artists' journey through the 5 schools that make up the University of the Arts.
On Friday, February 3, Elena Artemenko held the workshop with children of the 3rd grade (8 years) of the State of Cambodia school in Havana. The activity consisted in the realization of 4 robots from recycled materials. The second part of the workshop took place on February 7, where the children visited the exhibition of Elena in Artista X Artista.
Artista X Artista is pleased to invite you to the artist talk that will offer CarlosBunga (Porto in 1976, lives and works in Barcelona) in AxA headquarters next Friday, August 5th, 7 PM. Bunga, at the time spending holidays in Havana, kindly accepted our request to meet and introduce his work to the art public in Cuba.
While often using ordinary, unassuming materials such as packing cardboard
and adhesive tape, Bunga’s work involves a highly developed degree of
aesthetic care and delicacy, as well as a conceptual complexity derived from
the inter-relationship between doing and undoing, between unmaking and
remaking, between the micro and the macro, between investigation and
conclusion. Straddling the division between sculpture and painting, Bunga’s
deceptively delicate works are characterized by an intense study of the
combination of color and materiality, while at the same time emphasizes the
performative aspect of the creative act. (source: www.elbabenitez.com)
*First audition in Cuba
Artista X Artista organized a studio visit for the jury in charge of selecting the resident that will be travelling to Bilbao in autumn this year, apart of the collaboration agreement between Artista X Artista and Azkuna Zentroa. The artist were previously selected by a Nomination Committee, integrated by Orlando Hernández, Iván de la Nuez, Abel González and Lillebit Fadraga.
Taxio Ardanaz did a workshop for 9 year old students where they draw with charcoal in cardboard. After teaching them the technique, Ardanaz ask them to make a drawing in groups of three or four students, where they started with a individual space in the cardborad that would gradually turn into a collective one. Basically it was about drawing and then erasing to make a new visual result in the same space. They would do it several times, until the different layers where visible. The different topics were: self portrait, something they really liked and would be useful to describe them, an historic event that they would remember, and last what was the Revolution for them. The results was meticulously documented and will be part of an animation exercise that Taxio will be making soon.
After that, and already a tradition in our workshops, the kids visited our headquarters to see the exhibition. The artist explained his work and career, and answer several questions to the students. Moreover, they made their own interpretations of Taxio’s work.
Anna María Guasch will present in Artista X Artista her last book The Art in the Global Era 1989-2015, the second part of a discourse started in The Last Art of the XX Century. The author analyses a period of constant flux and mixed categories in the definition of art. A period dominated by the creative capacity of interaction and dialogue, by a dying economy that questions the development sustained by the constant grow. A time sealed by politics that generated, and are generating, utopias without frontiers, and at the same times provokes radical processes of religious and territorial nature.
Following this presentation, on Friday June 3rd, Dr. Anna María Guasch and the artist Antoni Muntadas, will be doing a portfolio view of a group of previously invited artists.
As a parallel activity to the presentation of her documentary NORMAL ES BUENO (I LIKE AMERICA AND AMERICA LIKES ME) in the Centro de Desarollo de Artes Visuales the artist and designer Yali Romagoza will be teaching a workshop in Artista x Artist under the tittle: "HOW CAN FASHION BE POETICAL AND POLITICAL?". We invite everyone interested in participating; including art and design students interested in multidisciplinary artistic practice. The participants will have the opportunity to present and publicly discuss their portfolio. A participation certificate is available upon completion. In order to attend the workshop you must register by phone or sending an e-mail, before June 1th, due to the limited space.
The professor and critic Gustavo Arcos (Havana, 1965) will be giving a lecture in our space, under the title "Cuba in a thousand images". He will approach the new scenarios of the Cuban audiovisual.
Each year, a great amount of diverse audiovisual footage from different genres, formats and styles are filmed in the island. The independent productions coexist with the ones supported by the state or the official institutions. Professional filmmakers, visual artist, students, journalists, amateurs, produce and consume images every hour and every moment, reestablishing, among others, our notion of identity. Many of these creators move through different scenes in and out of the country. Some of them, show styles and well defined creative signs that allows us to talk about a new auteur cinema in Cuba. ¿What do we understand today as Cuban cinema? ¿An image is worth a thousand words? As a part of the conference, fragments of recent Cuban short films and feature films by Carlos Machado, Miguel Coyula, Yan Vega, Marcel Beltrán, Armando Capó and Rocío Aballí will be shown.
This activity is possible due to the collaboration between Conversando Sobre Arte Contemporáneo and Artista X Artista.
jorge&larry and Luis Manuel Otero presented their impresions and results of the residency they enjoyed in El Ranchito, Matadero Madrid, between March and April 2016. This two first residencies for cuban creators were possible due to the Program of Residencies of Matadero Madrid and the AECID, as part anual program with different cultural institutions and an international net of artistic residencies that Artista X Artista has started dialoguing with.
The artist Yornel Martinez presents P350, a project of collaborative editing that, in his own words: “…Is a physical support, a magazine or a creative blog with open collaboration, a work in progress. The variety of numbers that make up the collection, allows to be seen the diversity of interests and the creativity of the people that work with this project. The methods of production are dissimilar: stencil, visual poetry, calligraphy, collage, doodles… The issues are not for sale; they circulate through the presentations organized by us. In its pages you can find from a poem by Antonin Artaud to a bus ticket; it´s a publication with tendency to collage and short circuit”
P350 can be consulted permanently at the Artista X Artista space, as a part of a collaboration between both platforms.
After the public presentation, the exhibition Artista X Artista (III) can be visit and will remain open to the public until May 6th.
The collaborators of P350 are : Omar Pérez/ Amílcar Feria/ Ítalo Exposito/ Luis Eligio Pérez (de OMni)/Elvia Rosa Castro/ Tamara Venereo/ Sandra Ramy/ Ailer/ Yaque-Mati/ Andrés Pérez/ Yerande González/ Rito Ramón Aroche/ Irving Vera/ Felipe Gaspar Calafell/ Danilo Maldonado (el sexto)/ Paco Myfriend/ Dojo Zen de Artemisa/ Julio Cesar Llópiz/ Maikel Iglesias/ Sergio Suarez/ Tamara Díaz/ Duhamel Xolot/ Amalia Iduate/ Alberto Ferrer/ Ana lyen/ Ricardo Ezquijarosa/ Orestes Hernández/ Raquel Cruz/ Lester Álvarez/ Luis Enrique (Chinito)/ Odey Curbelo/ Ezequiel Suárez/ Mario Castillo/ Dimitri Prieto/ Ricardo Alberto Pérez/ Orlando Hernández/ Víctor Méndez/ Frency Fernández/ Solveit Fong / Abel González/ Luis Trápaga/ Lía Villares/ Reynier Leyva (Novo)/ Gabriel Calaforra/ Laura Espinosa/ Amed Aroche/ Mira Kongstein/ Erika Flores y Periódica (Revista de arte contemporáneo en Colombia), Marc Roig y Rogier Decfos con WERKER Magazine, Jamila Medina/ David Beltrán/ José Manuel Mesías/ Héctor Antón Castillo/ jorge&larry/ Ernesto Santana/ Yornel J. Martínez Elías y el grupo de teatro “El ciervo encantado”.
Artists: Lester Álvarez, Sandra Gamarra, Carlos Garaicoa, Cristina Garrido, Orestes Hernández, jorge&larry, Yornel Martínez, Ornaghi & Prestinari, Levi Orta, Luis Manuel Otero, Víctor Piverno.
Permanent artworks in the Artista X Artista space: Jorge Luis Marrero y Alejandro Campins.
As part of the activities program for 2016, the firts group show of the year. This exhibition will hold pieces from all the national and international residents that have been a part of this exchange and collaborative experience between different agents from the contemporary art field. The show is completed with other young artists that are closet to our initiative.
Matadero Madrid is glad to open “We don’t know how to go back by ourselves”, the public presentation of the results of this year’s edition of El Ranchito Residencies Program Matadero Madrid – AECID. We don’t know how to go back by ourselves presents the work of eleven creators of Spain, Cuba and Finland, selected by open calls held by Matadero Madrid and the asociated centers of this edition: Artista X Arista (Havana), HIAP (Helsinski) and Tokyo Wonder Site (Tokyo).
This time, six Spanish creators participated on a twelve week residence in Matadero Madrid: Andrea Canepa with her project Anschauung, Arash Moori with Parasitic Noise, Belén with La nueva sinceridad, Fermín Jiménez Landa with El mal de la Taiga, Ferrán Pla with Lancelot Plissé and Pedro Luis Cembranos with GALAXIA M-50 (for magnetic tape and voice). Early in March, the other artist joined this six: the cubans jorge&larry with Estamos a merced del featuring and Luis Manuel Otero with De la serie museos necesarios, and the Finnish Anna Estarriola with Llega un mensaje post apocalíptico. Viene del futuro and Nastja Säde Rönkkö with A Walk with you / un paseo contigo; spending a residency period of six weeks.
Ornaghi&Prestinari did a workshop for children in fourth grade, divided in two sessions with the Primary School of the State of Cambodia, Miramar , Havana.
The students listened a short story about the Giotto’s starry dome, and made some banners full of stars with a cardboard, tempera and rope, to decorate their classroom.
The collective Ornaghi & Prestinari began their residency in Havana with the opening of a solo show in the Artista X Artista space, Friday 8th January of 2016.
The stay in Havana of the creators couple: Valentine Ornaghi (Milano, 1986) and Claudio Prestinari (Milano, 1984), took place between January 6th and February 19th. During the residence, the artist threw different public activities. This residence was supported by Galleria Continua (San Gimignano /Beijing /Les Moulins /Havana ), who also were opening You+Me= Us, an expansion of the exhibition Anclados en el Territorio, where Ornaghi&Prestinari were also participating, alongside with Loris Cecchini and Giovanni Ozzola. (Arte Continua, cine Águila de Oro, Rayo 108 esq. Zanja, barrio Chino de la Habana).
Artista X Artista held a public presentation of Cristina Garrido (artist-inresidence). This event is organised in order to close her period in Havana, as part of the residencies program of Artista X Artista. The creator will go through her work and will share with the public ideas and investigations regarding her investigation period in Cuba.
This presentation by Artista X Artista is supported by the AC/E and the Program of Internationalization of the Spanish Culture (PICE), in its Mobility modality.
With their personal memories as a starting point, the children thought spontaniously about the utility that a museum can have. From them came the idea of the museum as a place of memory.
“What would you like to preserve for the future?”. To this question, the kids answered filling with a lot of imagination the spaces left in blank in spaces Cristina Garrido drew. Just like that a museum of mermaids was born, another one of stones that will gain value in time, and even one museum of life. The fantasy-natured projects were bend as a catalogue that the kids decided to name “The museum of the future”. A book that keeps something that tomorrow may be important to remember.
As part of her residency in Artista X Artista, Cristina Garrido did a couple of studio visits of different artists and agents of the art field.
Among these where the writer, curator and art critic Orlando Hernández, who did a personalised visit for Cristina of his popular art colection, and also he had a working sesión with her, reviewing her portfolio and exchanging ideas about her work and the investigation that she carried on during her time in Havana.
This exhibition seeks to explore the intergenerational and contextual relations between tree artists of different geopolitical contexts, whose investigations around aesthetics have aproximated in a personal and critical way to the conceptualism methodology as an artistic paradigm between late XXth century and the beginings of the XXIst.
The thesis that the exhibition suggests assumes the importance of this so called “peripheral conceptualisms”, as practices where reality is questioned and also as a way of constructing the image over the structure of a critic theory that visibilizes political, social and subjectives interrogations on a specific landscape. More tan a “international style”, the work of these three artists – different in gender, nationality, languague and generation – can be associated to methodologies of analisys of art, history of art and social reality, where the image shows as the center of an issue, halfway between the tradition of a medium and the deconstruction of a language.
During the 12th Havana Biennial Artista X Artista held the first public presentation of this platform for artists-in-residence in Havana. In this group show featured Sandra Gamarra, Alejandro Campins, Loidys Carnero, Yaima Carrazana, Amir Fattal, Carlos Garaicoa, Cristina Garrido, Reynier Leyva Novo, Yornel Martínez, Rodolfo Peraza, Víctor Pivierno, Nicolás París, Ezequiel Suárez, Jose Eduardo Yaque, Ignasi Aballí, Jorge & Larry y Jorge Luis Marrero.