TRANSHUMANCE | BEYOND CUBAN HORIZONS
Alejandro Campins, Roberto Diago, Diana Fonseca, Carlos Garaicoa, Diango Hernández, Inti Hernández, Reynier Leyva Novo, Yornel Martínez, Ana Mendieta, Wilfredo Prieto, José Yaque
OPENING 18th APRIL FROM 6 TILL 9 PM
Exhibition from 19 April to 25 June
Wednesday to Saturday 2 - 6 pm
The CAB is pleased to announce its new exhibition, Transhumance: reflecting on the confrontation between the metamorphosis of habitat and the extraordinary contemporary mobility.
The idea of a fixed home, a physical location as a reflection of our identity, is evolving. Nowadays, our habitat stretches beyond its stable physical and psychological forms, to acquire the symbolic figure of transhumance. Deep down, the idea of a migrant habitat is nevertheless still a paradox, the consequences of which is the subject matter of this exhibition. Cuba is the point of intersection between the eleven guest artists. Some of them live there, others originally did. In their own way, they each reveal the historic specificities of Cuban society and culture.
In their effort to deconstruct the living place, Yornel Martínez and Wilfredo Prieto expand their multidisciplinary practices and sometimes end up negating it altogether. Martínez crumples up a world map, undoing the current geopolitical order by this simple act. By provoking a water leak within the CAB, Prieto in turn opens a reflection on the porosity of a system that can constantly be put into question. The title of this work, Lágrimas de cocodrilo, suggests a certain detachment from the facts that are denounced.
Roberto Diago and Ana Mendieta have a go at the link between artistic creation, body and habitat. In Diago’s sculptures, welded roofing sheets act as metaphorical reminders of scars. Mendieta’s Silueta series offers a chiasm between the landscape and her own female body, nullifying the boundaries between body art and land art.
Other artists in the exhibition shake up the spaces of living or transit in a laboratory. They give a new interpretation of reality, in the case of Carlos Garaicoa by using a variety photo mediums and supports; or Diana Fonseca, with paintings composed of materials collected from the walls of disused houses in Havana; or also Alejandro Campins, who finds his inspiration in evolving and abandoned landscapes around him, in Cuba or elsewhere.
"Transhumance" also includes works created specifically for the exhibition. Inti Hernández will recreate the floor of his home, physically summoning his intimate space and showing the sophistication of Cuban patterns. In turn, José Yaque will take over the CAB, appropriating objects linked to its history and reassembling them in the shape of a tornado.
Lastly, Diango Hernández and Reyner Leyva Novo rely on codification systems of a social discourse to create new spaces, where the reference point becomes invisible. Hernández makes a troubling association between a replica of the windows in his residence in Düsseldorf and a hyper-codified speech by Fidel Castro; while Novo focuses on the laws that rule Cuban life since 1959, which he transcribes in the shape of enigmatic black monochromes.
It is noteworthy that the link between the participants in "Transhumance" is to be found in their hybrid artistic approach. By integrating education, community leadership, multidisciplinary research and writing into their practices, they push the limits of artistic production, traditionally confined to studios. This give rise to a distinctly Cuban approach, based on practices that are genuine and profoundly rooted at the intersection of art and life.
In a world more than ever faced with modern mobility, but too often also with forced exile, Brussels, at the heart of the old continent, deeply European, fluid and solid, a space whose community identity is in constant mutation, constitutes the ideal background to present this unusual portrait of Cuba and its artists.
"Transhumance" was curated by Sara Alonso Gómez, who examines the different dialogue platforms in contemporary artistic creation between Latin America and Europe, in partnership with Éléonore de Sadeleer, director of the CAB.
CAB ART CENTER
32-34 RUE BORRENS
ABOUT Inti Hernandez
Inti Hernandez lives and works in between Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Havana (Cuba).
The work of Inti Hernandez is embedded in the philosophy wherein life is defined as a perpetual flow of energy. In his view the question is no longer, “What can I pick out of this flow of energy to my personal liking and benefit?” but, "What could I contribute to this flow of life that is still missing?" Hernandez believes that by finding answers to this question your ideas will always be welcome and will allow you something in return.
Hernandez sees art as a medium to create conversation and dialogue. The very nature of his work embodies collaboration. He explores meanings and triggers reflection through his artistic process and through the interaction with those who engage with his work. The more ideas are adopted as another’s subject, the more energy they gather and the more they connect to something fundamental. When ideas mange to create conversations they become something undeniable.
Architecture and Industrial design are both disciplines very much interconnected with daily life. In his work Hernandez plays with their language and with their multidisciplinary habits. By doing so he ensures a special flavour of common sense in his results. Through this process Hernandez obtains vital impute out of the dialogue with people, their dreams, ideas, necessities, priorities, spontaneity and initiative. He sees art as an established institution, which can be developed into business cases and showcases so that many other interests can participate with it- supporting it and being supported by it and thus gaining a benefit from it.