CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo
This exhibition of the work of Carlos Garaicoa, Cuban artist resident in Spain, constitutes his first contextual project with both of the realities the artist has experienced: on the one hand, his childhood, adolescence and artistic development in a country like Cuba, replete with contradictions, betwixt the social movements and utopian values that have undermined some of the hopes for that system, and on the other, his closer and current encounter with the south of Europe, more specifically, Spain, with a capital city like Madrid, the reflection of another decline of the Utopias from another extreme, the late-capitalist societies. These two extremes are united within the architecture and the city as an authentic backdrop or stage against which, in a theatre style, all of these choreographies of actions due to the loss of a project unfold: protests, graffiti on walls, words and acts that cry out for this citizen feeling.
In this sense, the project presents itself by taking up that contaminated word of so many myriad meanings, ORDER: from the political and religious to the economic and architectural. In this journey through ORDER a number of series created by the artist from the nineties to the present day, are laid out. Bearing in mind this bridge between the Cuba of Castro and the architectural utopias in order to pass through the economic value to position ourselves in a Europe dragged down by an economic crisis, in which the powers are sustained by the imperative of a false European identity that results in individual power being left in the hands of the major macro-finances. Thus, the project, conscious of the claims of a thinker like Michel Foucault, attempts to juxtapose both the major social projects of Cuban architecture from a few decades ago and the new macro-economic architectures and the citizen micro-realities, causing the project to speak through a parallel play between the economic macro-structures and the micro-claims of the city, the citizen and, therefore, the social individual.
And so, the project aims to trace a conceptual line between the different decades of the work of Carlos Garaicoa, making a precise selection of the works that share a common denominator made up of both the economy and architecture, control and utopia, to offer a new series of works created specifically for this project, that attempt to explore and more deeply frame this artist feeling on connecting with the various political and economic realities he has had to live through.
CURATOR AGUSTÍN PÉREZ RUBIO
November 22, 2014, 1pm