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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.