The Spaces Between: Contemporary Art from Havana


The Spaces Between: Contemporary Art from Havana


25 × 20 cm | 8 × 10 in
119 ills | 144 pages

Contributors: Tonel, Keith Wallace, Cecilia Andersson

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This catalogue is an exposition of one of the most important exhibitions of contemporary Cuban art outside of the Caribbean. It explores the issues of money, identity and bureaucracy in the works of renowned artists such as Juan Carlos Alom, Celia y Junior and Eduardo Ponjuan and encompasses much of the richness of the Havanan art scene.

As opined by the book's title, The Spaces Between: Contemporary Art from Havana, this is a publication focused toward the shared spaces and communal sensibilities of a city, rather than an attempt to survey the entire contemporary output of this anomalous nation. In essence, the study is a concentrated one of modern Havana, taking note of those artistic, cultural, socio-economic and anthropological influences on its art scene without the intent of becoming pedagogic in the process.

The Spaces Between discusses the modern current of unfocused politicisation within the works featured, where the aforementioned issues of money, identity and bureaucracy are garnered from each viewers reading and imagination, suggesting reflections of the current emphasis on the spectator as a contributor to the making of meaning.

Published in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, the book maintains the ambient approach of the partnering exhibition in an attempt to depict the context of Havana artists in the modern era. In part it discusses the lo-tech necessities of contemporary artists working in the city today, which has formed if not a coherent style, then a municipal approach to practice. As such, much of the work uses recycled materials or simple video- and text-based elements to convey its meaning in a manner more diverse and ambiguous than prior generations of Cuban artists.