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Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea / Milan

Cuba, Tatuar la historia (group exhibition)
Curated by Jorge Fernández Torres, Diego Sileo & Giacomo Zaza; Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milano. Jul. 5 - Sept. 12, 2016.
Artists: Juan Carlos Alom, Tania Bruguera, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Javier Castro, Celia-Yunior, Colectivo Enema, Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo, Ángel Delgado, Humberto DÍaz, Carlos Garaicoa, Luis Gárciga, Luis Gómez Armenteros, Antonio Gómez Margolles, Félix González-Torres, Grupo Arte Calle, Ricardo Miguel Hernández, Tony Labat, Ernesto Leal, Los Carpinteros, Meira Marrero & José Toirac, Carlos Martiel, Ana Mendieta, Reinier Nande, Glexis Novoa, Marta MarÍa Pérez Bravo, Eduardo Ponjuán,  Wilfredo Prieto, Grethell Rasúa, René Francisco Rodriguez, Lázaro Saavedra & Tonel.

The PAC in Milan explores foreign cultures through contemporary art, drawing for the 2016 a guideline on Cuban art, both inside and outside the island, incorporating artists from different generations active from the 1970s onwards.

Tatuar la Historia (Tattooing History) means leaving a mark on a shared identity of Cuba, the metaphor itself for the meeting of cultures flowing into a Creole and tropical horizon, a “mirage” of an utopian but intrinsically contradictory world.

Each artist at the PAC exhibition will be a part of the journey towards Cuba, with its magnificence and its difficulties, its sound and furore, its cultural, linguistic and mythical issues, its ideological differences. Starting from the historical performative nature of contemporary Cuban art, the exhibition will present a large selection of works and installations — some of them conceived for the PAC — of the most representative Cuban artists and the most up-and-coming artists of the new generation, a section dedicated to Lázaro Saavedra (National Prize of Plastic Arts 2014) and a tribute to the two most influential Cuban artists, Ana Mendieta and Félix González-Torres. The exhibition will extend into MUDEC, the Museum of Cultures in Milan, with a site-specific installation by the artist Eduardo Ponjuán (National Prize of Plastic Arts 2013).

After Milan, the exhibition will move to the Cantieri della Zisa in Palermo (ZAC) from 7 October 2016 to 8 January 2017), confirming the collaboration – begun in 2014 with the exhibition by Regina José Galindo – between the two cities and the two public exhibition spaces devoted to contemporary art.


Cuba, Tatuar la historia

By Diego Sileo & Giacomo Zaza; Silvana Editoriale / Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy. July 2016.

This book, edited by Diego Sileo and Giacomo Zaza, analyses the most important contemporary Cuban artistic practices, providing a means to understand the performative and subversive climate of a country that has survived and resisted for more than five decades between hostility and needs and is now going through big changes. Art has created, and continues to create, an amazing, many-voiced, ironic and critical representation, open and disruptive at the same time.TATUARE LA STORIA [Tattooing history] means tracing a route that involves questions of race and identity, the heritage of cultural revolutions, evolutions and involutions. A path that bears within it the primary stereotypes and needs, the popular roots and the religious rituals, the blending and bonding in the private and the social, the physical and the mental.

Format: 23 x 28 cm
Pages: 384
250 color plates
italiano / inglese / spagnolo