States of Exchange: Artists from Cuba

States of Exchange: Artists from Cuba, Iniva’s first major exhibition at Rivington Place, provides a dynamic and thought-provoking exploration of the complexities of economic and information exchange in contemporary Cuba.

At a time when borderless communication is assumed to be the global norm, Cuba is a country caught in flux. With two legal currencies, minimal internet access, and divisions between those who can and can't access external resources, the residents of Cuba have become experts at negotiating the complexities of exchange between each other and the world.

Curated by Cylena Simonds (Iniva) and prominent Cuban curator Gerardo Mosquera, the group show focuses on six artists living and working in Cuba today. Their work offers a witty and provocative response to scarcity and constraint, raising issues of global relevance. The artworks range from sculpture and performance to video installation, plus an extensive video screening programme featuring shorts and experimental documentaries by over 14 artists, including works never before seen in Europe.

Co-curator, Gerardo Mosquera says:
‘States of Exchange aims to show how artists in Cuba discuss contradictions, ambiguities and social negotiations in Cuban life, leading a critical culture that prevails in the country since the mid 80s. They use the semantic powers of art to create complex works whose impact goes far beyond the local context. So this is not a general show of Cuban art but a thematic exhibition on issues particular to Cuba. It includes both emerging artists that are beginning to be known internationally and more established ones.’

Associated Events
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Communicating dissent, Artist Talk
Thu 24 Jan 2008
A Late Thursday event

Gallery talk and Performance
Sat 26 Jan 2008

When collaboration facilitates art, Discussion
Thu 31 Jan 2008
Iván and Yoan Capote talk about working together

Film Screening 1 / Proyecciones I
Thu 7 Feb 2008
This first part of States of Exchange screenings explores the use of video as an artistic medium and mode of political critique in Cuba

A State of Exchange, Discussion
Thu 21 Feb 2008
Cuba in an international context, Curator's gallery talk with co-curator Cylena Simonds

Film Screening 2/ Proyecciones 2
Thu 28 Feb 2008
Part two of States of Exchange screening programme looks at documentaries that play a pivotal role in re-casting official histories and defy the authority of a singular narrative

Exhibition features: Iván Capote, Yoan Capote, Jeanette Chávez, Diana Fonseca, Wilfredo Prieto and Lázaro Saavedra

Screenings feature: Raychel Carrión, Javier Castro, Alexis de la O Joya, Laimir Fano, Adonis Flores, Alex Hernández, Jesús Hernández, Luis o Miguel, Gustavo Pérez, Renier Quer, Alina Rodríguez, Lázaro Saavedra, Asori Soto and Manuel Zayas.

Curated by: Gerardo Mosquera and Cylena Simonds

States of Exchange: Artists from Cuba is an Iniva exhibition at Rivington Place in Barclays Project Space and Project Space 2. The project has been realised with thanks to Arts Council England.
States of Exchange: Artists from Cuba

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