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Biennial of Havana in Matanzas: we dream as much as possible.

Tamara Caridad Mesa González 25 marzo, 2019


The Biennial of Havana is considered one of the most recognized events of the visual arts at an international level since its creation in 1984. The exhibition of contemporary art that brings together creators, who defend national identity in their work, will extend their spaces for the first time to other provinces of the country, including Cienfuegos, Sancti Spíritus and Camagüey.


Matanzas will be the site of the event, between April 15th and May 12th , with 15 projects that integrate the work of more than 60 local artists. The photographic exhibition of two young artists will be located on Contreras Street As part of the visual route in the Athens of Cuba.

The kingdom of this world is titled the suggestive exhibition that Julio César García will offer: “Its protagonists are old people who sell different items in the streets to survive. The number of photographs will depend on the museography we choose. The space we have is not that big, so there should not be more than ten images.

” People living in Matanzas had the opportunity to enjoy this photographic series last September, during the celebration of the Fiestas por la Memoria in Matanzas and now Julio César takes it back to put in the forefront the anonymous inhabitants who cross the city in search of survival selling the most varied articles. On the other hand, Leslie Loyola’s proposal includes five large-format portraits related to children who are new to religion.

Arraigo, brings together nine lens artists. “The project of the photographers that are inside the Biennial arises as an initiative of a group of lens professionals interested in joining their works. From this, it is the only one that brings together so many artists of the same specialty.

“By organizing the curatorship, each one of us assumed a physical space to exhibit the works. In my study we will be Leslie Loyola with a very interesting work of five large-format images related to children who start in religion and I with the series The Kingdom of this World. ”

García saw the impact of participating in the Biennial not only to promote the work of the artists in the courtyard, but also to strengthen links of work and collaboration.

The Biennial is the most significant art fair that Cuba has and it will be a favorable space for many more people to see our proposals, including critics and artists who come to participate. It is the first time that the city hosts an event of this kind.

“If we take into account that we live in an island country with a market that, from the artistic point of view, depends on the importation, I believe that it will also contribute to establishing closer relations of cooperation and exchange.

“There are artists who are over fifty and have never had an opportunity like this. For the youngest the motto The construction of the possible, the lines of work of the Biennial of Havana have had continuity during its most recent editions with projects linked to other artistic manifestations such as music, literature, theater and dance.

In Matanzas the exception will not happen since from the heights of Monserrate to the Castle of San Severino the city will host, in addition to the 12 official exhibition sites and a dozen community extensions, performances, a theoretical encounter in three moments and concerts.

In institutions such as the Provincial Museum Palacio de Junco; the Esquerré and Genesis galleries and on the Narváez street waterway with all its studios and galleries-workshops, presentations will be held, although the main venue of the Biennial in the city will be the Palace of Justice, current headquarters of the Conservator’s office. the city.


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