Using absurdity as a strategy to entangle his viewer, Wilfredo Prieto disrupts the public space or gallery through objects and interventions, which combine humor with a critical reflection on the sociopolitical reality. He estranges the objects from their initial function or natural form by introducing them into a different context or transforming the object itself with a poetically minimalistic outlook. In all that, Prieto investigates humor as an artistic strategy, creating images that are light as they are funny or absurd and loaded with meaning as a subversive reflection on contemporary politics.
Prieto studied at Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, and has held residencies at Gasworks (London), Le Grand Cafe (St. Nazaire, France), John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (New York) and the Kadist Art Foundation (Paris). He has recently had solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Dia Art Foundation in New York, Kadist Art Foundation in Paris and Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wilfredo Lam in Havana.
Wilfredo Prieto's work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including The Guggenheim Museum (2014), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2014), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2013), 11th Havana Biennial (2012), 29th Sao Paolo Biennial (2010), I'm not here at De Appel Arts Centre (Amsterdam, 2010), Stowaways at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (San Francisco, 2009) and That was then, this is now at P.S.1 MoMA (New York, 2008). Wilfredo Prieto received The Cartier Award (Frieze, London, 2008) and the 2000 UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts (7th Havana Biennial, DUPP, Havana, 2000).
Medium: Cardboard in plastic (fold the cardboard yourself)
Size: 22,5 x 30 cm / 8,9 x 11,8 in,
Edition of 50
Signed and numbered
Price: €250 / US$340
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Carlos Garaicoa, Untitled, 2001
Carlos Garaicoa is an installation artist and photographer who began his career in the 1990s. Best known for his use of images making references to architecture, real and imaginary, his work often alludes to re-inventions of cities in various states of decay. For Garaicoa, the architecture of Havana became symbolic of the tenuous state of his homeland where many buildings are falling apart. The crumbling of buildings in the city unleashed his desire for utopian projects with architectural solutions.
“The conception of history as a fictitious element and its reconstruction, taking into account its implications in relation to the urban space, is the basis for most of my work.”
- Carlos Garaicoa
Medium: Off-set print,
Size: 81 x 58 cm / 31,9 x 22,8 in,
Edition of 100
Signed and numbered
Price: €120 / US$165
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