Posted on September 2, 2012
Installation view of artist Sandra Ceballos’ Close Up at Espacio Aglutinador, Havana, Cuba
El Espacio Aglutinador is the oldest ongoing independent art space in Cuba, with Sandra Ceballos as the director and curator, and Rene Quintana as the curator and designer. It was created in 1994 by Ceballos and Ezequiel Suarez in their own home, with the objective of disseminating a different point of view about the fine arts in Cuba. It is above all a curatorial space that responds to the ideas of those who organize events in it. It has also been a platform promoting writing and publishing, with the input and curatorial role of Cuban writer and critic Orlando Hernandez, during the space’s early years.
Published texts by Hernandez addressing works and exhibitions shown at Espacio Aglutinador, along with other Cuban critics such as Gerardo Mosquera, Juan Antonio Molina, Ivan de la Nuez, Osvaldo Sánchez, Lazara Castellanos, and Eugenio Valdés, can be found and downloaded on the space’s website. In addition, Espacio Aglutinador has hosted literary events in which several Cuban writers have read their stories and poetry.
El Espacio Aglutinador welcomes proposals from foreign artists who are interested in presenting their work in Havana. Please note that the gallery does not have direct web access, but can receive images and texts via email. El Espacio Aglutinador also welcomes proposals from artists who would like to help the gallery to expand its presence on the web.
Eleventh Havana Biennial Artistic Practices and Social Imaginaries
Under the title Artistic Practices and Social Imaginaries, the 11th edition of the Havana Biennial, organized by the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Arts Center, proposed “an assessment of the behavior of the relationship between visual productions and the social imaginary.” Through this notion, the curatorial statement did not refer to a theoretical body, but to the way people imagine their social space and express themselves through cultural and historical references, and to the symbolic dimension they acquire through art.
On view from 11 May through 11 June 2012, the works and interventions of 112 Artists from 45 countries inhabited a wide range of locations throughout the city, articulating the curatorial aim to instigate an international dialogue while transforming the Cuban context and the public scenarios into a temporary laboratory of art experimentation.
Participating artists and artist collectives from Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, Central America, and the Middle East included: Jin Shi (CN), Yukihiro Taguchi (JP), T.V. Santhosh (IN), Mona Marzouk and Khaled Hafez (EG), Ilya y EmSilia Kabakov (RU/US), Marina Abramovic (RS), Hermann Nitsch (AU), Quintapata Collective (DR), Marcel Pinas (SR), Maksaens Denis (HT), Humberto Vélez (PA), Diego Lama (PE), Patricia Villalobos (NI), Caja Lúdica (GT), Tranvía Cero Collective (EC), Gabriel Orozco, Damián Ortega, Pablo Helguera, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (MX), Mujeres Públicas and Cristian Segura (AR), Carlito Carvalhosa and Laura Lima (BR), The collective international project Museo Aero Solar and Cuban artists Carlos Garaicoa, Los Carpinteros, Tony Labat and Jorge Pardo, among others.
Work by Marianela Orozco. Source: Triangle Network
Proyecto Batiscafo started as an artist-run program of residencies in Havana, but from 2003-10 it grew and became a regular feature in the emerging Cuban art scene through numerous projects including open studio events, talks, performances, exhibitions, and many other public activities.
Reflecting the evolving landscape of the art scene, this platform will be updated as new information becomes available. Thanks to the artists and curators who have helped to shape and enrich the project to date.