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Garaicoa’s exhibition includes new and recent works which demonstrate his varied articulations of architecture such as The Crown Jewels, 2009, in which miniature replicas of real-life torture centers, prisons and intelligence networks are cast in silver; My personal Library Grows-up Together with My Political Principles, 2008, in which books are assembled to form architectural frameworks and Bend City (Red), 2007, a city constructed entirely from cut paper.
Cuban life—social, political, and cultural—inspires Garaicoa's work. After the Cuban revolution in 1959, many architectural projects and buildings were left unfinished or abandoned, in Havana and in other Cuban cities. Garaicoa created a series of pop-up books depicting the decrepit turn-of-the-century buildings in Havana's Plaza Vieja district and other cities. Garaicoa also addresses these collapsed buildings by pairing black-and-white photographs with drawings made of thread rendering the reality of the absence of these structures.
Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1967, Carlos Garaicoa studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Cuba from 1989 to 1994. Recent exhibitions include the Venice Biennale, 2009; Havana Biennale, 2009; La Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, 2008; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2007, and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 2006. He lives and works in Havana and Madrid.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue documenting Garaicoa’s work since 2006. It includes essays by Seán Kissane; Okwui Enwezor, curator, writer and critic, and Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Director of the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City. Price €57.00. To buy the catalogue please click here.
To buy the catalogue, Carlos Garaicoa: Overlapping, please click here
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