Some recent solo exhibitions
Galleria Continua, Blandy-Les-Tours (Château) 2009, 'La Mala Semilla'
Galleria Continua, Beijing 2008, '¿Revolución O Rizoma?'
Lombard-Freid Projects, New York 2006, 'The drawing, the writing, the abstraction'
Some recent group exhibitions
Biennale di Venezia, Venice 2009
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 2007, 'The Shapes of Space'
Documenta 11, Kassel 2002
Alma Ruiz [et al.], Carlos Garaicoa: Capablanca's real passion, Prato: Gli ori 2005
Carlos Garaicoa: ni Christ, ni Marx, ni Bakounine, photographies, installations, vidéos, Paris: Maison Européene de la Photographie 2002
Selected public and corporate collections
SMS Contemporanea, ex Palazzo Delle Papesse, Siena, IT • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, ES • Tate Britain, London, UK • Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, US • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
Carlos Garaicoa is one of Cuba's leading contemporary artists. His work is representative of a generation of artists brought up under Castro's regime, the fall of communism in the Soviet Block, and the subsequent global challenges Cuba now faces without support from Russia. His installations, models, films and photographs are poignant explorations of faded glory and decaying architecture: the physical reality of political idealism. For Garaicoa, the architecture of Havana became symbolic of the tenuous state of his homeland where many buildings are falling apart. The crumbling of buildings in the city unleashed his desire for utopian projects with architectural solutions. 'The concept of history as a fictitious element and its reconstruction, taking into account its implications in relation to the urban space, is the basis for most of my work.' The photograph Del Proyecto Memoria Íntimas: Marcas 1997-2008 (Graffiti UNITA) was part of a group of works Garaicoa produced in the late 1990s in Angola and South Africa, about the trauma of the war between those countries in which Cuba took active part in the 1970s and 1980s.
Carlos Garaicoa is advisor at the Rijksakademie.
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