press release

This fascinating exhibition presents the work of 16 Cuban artists of the 1990s who explore irony as a strategy for psychological survival and oblique commentary. Embedded in their art is the notion that when political and personal problems are inescapable, humor may be one of the few outlets for the frustration, and a practical means to maintain stability within a context that appears at times to be rules by irrationality. The works reflect various views of the 1959 revolution and the realities of life in Cuba under the United Sates embargo. The artists work speculates on Cuba's complex past, its cultural uniqueness as a nexus of African, European and Asian cultures and exemplifies the concept of inventando, the improvisation and creative resourcefulness required for everyday survival.

The exhibition is curated by Marilyn Zeitlin, Director of Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, and traveled by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. . Contemporary Art from Cuba has been organized in collaboration with the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), Havana.


Contemporary Art from Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island
Kurator: Marilyn Zeitlin, iCI (Independent Curators International)

mit Pedro Alvarez, Belkis Ayon, Abel Barroso, Jacqueline Brito, Yamilys Brito, Carlos Estevez, Rene Francisco, Carlos Garaicoa, Luis Gomez, Kcho , Los Carpinteros, Sandra Ramos, Fernando Rodriguez, Esterio Segura, Jose A. Toirac, Tonel (Antonio Eligio Fernandez), Osvaldo Yero

27.09-98 - 13.12.98 Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix
18.05.01 - 14.07.01 University of South Florida CAM, Tampa