The Construction of the Impossible

XIII Bienal de la Habana: Detrás del Muro”

By Grimanesa Amorós – Metro Latino Correspondant

New York – The 13th Havana Biennial, the largest visual arts event in Cuba, will be held from April 12 to May 12, 2019, with the commitment that the capital city of the island become a “cultural corridor” in which the creators and the public interact, announced their organizers today. Under the general theme “Construction of the Possible” the next edition of the Havana Biennial was presented as a space for those types of contemporary art that understand creation as “living event or experience in progress”. 

“Detrás del Muro” is a socio-cultural project that emerged in 2012 as a special project. It is recognized for the high socio-cultural impact that its artistic intervention on the Havana Malecon has had during the 11th (2012) and 12th (2015) editions of the Biennial of Havana.

“We defend art as an opportunity to transform the way in which human beings interact in public space. That is why we have been invited by the Office of the Historian to join the celebrations for the 500th Anniversary of our beautiful capital.”
-Juan Degado Calzadilla

Grimanesa Amorós is a TEDGlobal guest speaker, a recipient of The NEA Visual Artist Fellowship, Art In Embassies Program, X Tumi USA Award, and Visionary Art Exhibition Lifetime Achievement Award.

Link: https://www.grimanesaamoros.com/xii-bienal-de-la-habana-detras-del-muro/

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The British National Pavilion presents Artist Phyllida Barlow

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The British National Pavilion presented Folly,Phyllida Barlow’s newest site-specific sculptural installation, at the 2017 Venice Art Biennale. Commissioned by the British Council through Emma Dexter, it’s visual art director, the piece was on display at the pavilion from May through to November


Barlow, world-renowned for her use of cheap materials in her abstract sculpture pieces, created a multiform installation entitled Folly, done as a reference to both a type of flamboyant architectural decorative element and a foolhardy state of mind. Barlow’s sculptures inhabit the entire Pavilion, reaching up to the roof and outside.

On display in the entrance are brightly colored boulder shaped sculptures on stilts, punctuated in bright colors. The dark grey used in these sculptures, reminiscent of the urban environment, is offset by bold colors, with pinks, reds and oranges splashing the works.  Despite the joyful colors, the pieces appear as monstrous bulging forms, which take on a sinister quality as they press towards the viewer, taking over and dominating the space.Phyllida Barlow states ‘making art is a political act. I have always believed that. it wrestles with beauty, fear, emotion. it doesn’t have a verbal language attached so it becomes a game. it’s feral in its existence. and we have to fathom it.’

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