WORKS FROM THIS EXHIBITION ARE ALSO PRESENTED
AT THE WALTER C. KOERNER LIBRARY.
The Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present The Spaces Between: Contemporary Art from Havana from January 10 to April 13, 2014. Conceived by Cuban artist and critic, Antonio Eligio (Tonel) and Associate Director/Curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Keith Wallace, this exhibition focuses on the social spaces and shared sensibilities of this dynamic city, as opposed to an attempt to survey an entire nation’s artistic output. The Spaces Between explores contemporary Havana from artistic, cultural, sociological, and anthropological perspectives within a new social and economic reality that has made itself evident in Cuba in recent years. While most works seem to convey a disinterest in the political, it does take form in the imagination of the viewer, an artistic strategy that emphasizes how important the spectator has become in the making of meaning in visual art. Hence the title of the exhibition—The Spaces Between—that is, the spaces between the artwork and its reception, between the said and the unsaid, and between the past and the future. This exhibition will provide an update on Utopian Territories: New Art From Cuba that showed at the Belkin and other Vancouver galleries in 1997, and will feature works by Juan Carlos Alom, Javier Castro, Sandra Ceballos Obaya, Celia-Yunior, Ricardo G. Elías, Luis Gárciga Romay, Luis Gómez Armenteros, Jesús Hdez-Güero, Ernesto Leal, Glenda León, Eduardo Ponjuán González, Grethell Rasúa, Lázaro Saavedra González and Jorge Wellesley.
The artists in the exhibition are cross-generational; some have international reputations while others are younger and not so well known abroad. Some of the artists are teachers of other artists in the exhibition, thus there exists a legacy that threads through the exhibition. While the validity of exhibitions based around national or civic parameters have come under critical scrutiny; Cuba, and in turn, Havana, present a different context. Cuba, due to its internal political agenda and lack of physical access to the outside world for most of its citizens, tends towards an introverted and a self-conscious sense of identity within a global context. The artists in The Spaces Between are exploring ways of articulating this phenomenon both through direct social engagement and through practices carried out in the privacy of one’s studio.
The Belkin Art Gallery is partnering with Black Dog Publishing to produce an accompanying catalogue that will visually document the artworks and contain essays and interviews elucidating and contextualizing the themes of the exhibition.
The Spaces Between is curated by Antonio Eligio (Tonel) and Keith Wallace and co-produced by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, and Bildmuseet, Umeå University, with support from The Canada Council for the Arts. We gratefully acknowledge the support of our Belkin Curator’s Forum members.
John Harris from Prince George BC at 11:17 am Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I enjoyed the social realism and looking at some of the materials. Been to Havana a few times so any representation of the city were nice to see.
N. Pirani from UBC at 1:16 pm Friday, February 28, 2014
Very cool! Would love to show this exhibition to my family and friends.
Ac at 1:46 pm Sunday, February 23, 2014
The phrase "would you like to buy my misery" really confronted the viewer and had me question what I was doing here. Was I simply consuming the pit falls of Cuban culture or trying to relate and learn from them?
Hans Smits from Edmonton, Alberta at 1:46 pm Saturday, February 22, 2014
I just spent 5 days in Havana just before Christmas, so I found this exhibition very interesting. I think it gave me a kind of eery feeling, in part because as a tourist in Havana you know you are somewhat sheltered from a fuller view and understanding of the precariousness and contradictions of everyday life, although you are aware that there is more to life in a city like Havana (or any other place as well where you are an outsider)...this is what I mean by eery, in that the exhibition made me wonder what I did not see but could only sense. I like the theme of "the spaces between"; certainly when in Havana you get a sense of world that is caught between unrequited dreams of revolution and what, at least the idea of the revolution still promises in terms of a better life in many people's imaginations. And on the other hand, the failure of the revolution to live up to those dreams, but also complicated by hopes for a post-revolutionary society but with some dread about what global capitalism portends for the lives of ordinary people...I really like the way this exhibition opens up these kinds of question in the "space' offered...
clayton davies from Iowa at 2:17 pm Thursday, February 20, 2014
i enjoyed this place.. was dope
Amy Antoniuk from Colorado at 2:16 pm Thursday, February 20, 2014
Monica H Jang at 4:34 pm Sunday, February 16, 2014
Olivia Jang at 4:33 pm Sunday, February 16, 2014
Love it. Would u like to buy my misery? this touches me very much. Would love to do my assignment at this gallery.
Anonymous at 4:24 pm Friday, February 14, 2014
For a documentary perspective on the ambitious national art schools project begun in the wake of the Revolution and recently revisited, see the 2011 film: "Unfinished Spaces."
L from UBC at 2:08 pm Saturday, February 8, 2014
it is very impressing. I like the "would you buy my misery" one. However, sometimes I feel that everyone can create similar exhibition like the exhibition shown here. Anyway, I love the atmosphere in the art gallery.
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