I believe that cartography in itself, whether in an aesthetic or scientific manner, has its own particular enchantment. Worldwide, the history of cartography describes an untold number of attempts to stigmatize our concrete physical space in order to mask the fragility of our hemisphere.
In this series I try to reflect the symbolic instability to which our island is subjected. It´s a comparison between the scientific and visual world reflected by the maps and my own vision transforming this reality that is never static.
Inspired by the poem Noche Insular, Jardines Invisibles (Insular Nights, Invisible Gardens) written by the Cuban writer José Lezama Lima, I transgress or defile the scientific accurateness described in the maps, transforming our physical space, into a small archaic invertebrate animal that takes us back to our infinitely far-off genesis, to our unconditional poetic origins up to setting our most ambiguous and intimate definition.
My intent is to create a type of microscopic and unrecognizable animal, whose shape constantly mutates, as a type metaphor illustrating how Cuba has been suffering of socio-politic and economic changes during its recent history . I also frame a comparison between the rational and the scientific worlds that both offer maps that are in opposition with my own interpretation of the idea of borders and the changes that the world has witnessed this last decade. The idea of a physical space and its metamorphosis is also relate to my idea of the self portrait, that human beings are always linked in a certain way to a physical space (being a country or a city) in which they were born and have the wish to transform or manipúlate their roots in order to create their own talismans to protect them from uncertainty.
Born in 1969, in Pinar del Rio, Cuba.
2003 Islas Urbanas. La Havana gallery, Cuba.
2002 Mapas. Havana gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
Ensenadas. La Huella Múltiple. 4th edition, experimental graphic workshop, Havana, Cuba
2001 El Viaje, meeting of the engraving, center of the development of Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba.
Mapas, Espacio Arguibel, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2000 Simulacros Dioptricos, Sol del Rio gallery, Guatemala.
Disecciones cartogràficas (Cartographic dissections), the upper Academy of the Arts of Bogota, Colombia.
GROUP SHOWS (Selection)
2008 Price of the Molaa 08, Museo de Arte latino americano, Long Beach, California, USA
Visiones desde una isla, Espacio Arte Actual FLACSO, Quito, Ecuador
2007 Infinite Island, Brooklyn Museum, New-York, USA
IXth International biennial de Cuenca, Mexico.
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Coagulation, tactileBOSCH, Cardiff, Wales
2006 IX Biennale de La Havane, Cuba.
2005 Coagulation, Tactile BOSCH, Cardiff, Wales.
2004 ARTIADE - Olympics of Visual Art 2004, Arnsberg, Germany.
2001 Passionately Cuban, Nine Artists From Habana, University of Art Museum , Albany, USA
49th Biennale Venice, Italy.
Museum of Fine Arts of Havana.
MOMA, New York, USA
Thyssen, Bornemisza, Foundation of contemporary Art, Anit, Austria.
Museum of the engraving of Curitiba, Brazil
Van Reeckum Museum, Holland.
Museum of xylography, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Museum of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA