Ten Spanish and eight Cuban creators inaugurate this Saturday the exhibition “Artists in production”, a joint work in which only the elements available in the space that serves as the headquarters of the exhibition are used, an old factory in Havana.
The project, promoted by the independent art studios Estudio 50 and Figueroa-Vives, from the Cuban capital, and Nave Porto, from Madrid, proposes 18 installations that “use the elements of the space,” he explained to EFE the curator of the exhibition, Cristina Vives.
“No work had to arrive finished at Estudio 50 in Havana -the venue of the exhibition-, but it did so with ideas of how to intervene in the space of this warehouse,” added the independent art critic.
Vives declared to EFE in full assembly of the exhibition that “it has been ten whole days exchanging ideas (about) how to finish each of the works and also think about the world we are living in and our artistic inclinations.”
“You have to join forces. The more dynamic, independent and creative we are, much more can be achieved,” said the curator of the project, which is also supported by the Spanish and Norwegian Embassies in Cuba.
The concept of converting old factories into spaces to exhibit contemporary art is the line defended by the Nave Porto studio, located in the Spanish capital, and which has transferred this idea to Cuba by promoting this group show where artists such as Miguel Fructuoso, Elvira Amor participate or Miki Leal.
Fruitful, for example, comments to EFE that beyond the merely artistic process, the essential thing has been the “human connection” with the Cuban colleagues who take part in the exhibition, such as Francisco Alejandro and Lorena Gutiérrez.
At his side, Alejandro, told EFE that it has been an opportunity to “exchange ideas and enrich the current cultural context” between Cuba and Spain.
Both agree that it has been a “wonderful experience” for both parties.