The term “tropical depression” is used in meteorology to describe weather conditions in tropical regions that entail storms and lightning and a constantly cloudy sky. Of course the term also has a psychological significance. IB 6621 makes reference to a flight from Madrid to Havana, thus creating a connection between Cuba, the Old World and the exhibition. What is more, the theme of the 11th Havana Biennial in 2012 was the praxis of artistic production and the idea of social reality. So expectations, prejudices and the survey of the visible are also aspects dealt with by the three artists in this exhibition.
The curatorial team proposed to dedicate this eleventh edition to an assessment of the behavior of the relationship between visual productions and the social imaginary. When speaking of social imaginary, they point out thatt they are not referring to a theoretical body, but to the way people imagine their social space and express themselves through cultural and historical references, and to the symbolic dimension they acquire through art.
The social imaginary expresses the bonds and relationships of wide groups of people that include, at the very best, society in its entirety, sharing common interests and establishing levels of legitimacy. It is the place where form is given to the notions of what is public, of citizen space and of the different aspects that make communicative interaction possible. Although this concept includes the social norms, it also involves those components of personal character and individual subjectivity that unquestionably become part of a larger system. Its nature implicitly contains the main conflicts we detect today in the urban environment, one of the networks where it becomes evident in an exceptional way.
Project: ContemporaneaCuba Flyers / Location: Fortaleza San Carlos de La Cabaña / Publication by: Skira / Curators: Andrés D. Abreu, Katarzyna Kozaczy, Silvio de Grazia general / Curator: Andrés D. Abreu
Artis: Flavio Garciandía, Raúl Cordero, Alberto Lago, Alejandro Campins, Francisco Alejandro El Jim, José Eduardo Yaque, Lester Álvarez, Michel Pérez, Odey Curbelo, Marianela Orozco (Cuba), Adonis Flores, (Cuba), Carlos Martiel (Cuba), Humberto Díaz (Cuba), Dorota Buczkowska (Polonia), Kama Czudowska (Poland), Silvia Giambrone (Italy), Deng Dafei (China), Eva Drangsholt (Norway), Gruppo Sinestético (Italia), Baggenstos-Rudolf (Switzerland), Renny Barrios (Venezuela)
Direction: Ana Pedroso, Philipp Dür / Patronage: Bienal de La Habana / Consejo de las Artes Plásticas / Collaborators: Partners: Spazio 13, grupo Neos Air
Essays by: Omar-Pascual Castillo, Iván de la Nuez and Suset Sánchez. Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno. 2012. Hard Cover. 112 pages.