Cuban Landing In the 56th Venice Biennale

/ 17 April, 2015

Venice Biennale approaches and 136 artists and groups from 53 countries will reach the Italian northwest to participate in the 56th edition of this prestigious event from9 May to November 22.
89 national participations and 44 collateral events are officially approved. The 56th Venice Biennale opens on May 9, nearly a month earlier than usual, happening together with the world fair Expo Milano in Milan, with previous views from May 6. It will run until November 22.
Just a few days from the 12th Biennial of Havana opening, the Cuban Pavilion opens its doors marking the return of the co-curators Jorge Fernández Torres, director of Wifredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art and of our Biennial, and Giacomo Zaza who was co-curator of the Cuban Pavilion in 2013.

When focusing on the theme “The Artist between Individuality and Context”, this duet brought together various artists: Grethell Rasúa, Luis Edgardo Gomez Armenteros, Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo and Celia and Yunior (whoare finalists in the International Cuban Art Awards).

Under the slogan All World’s Futures,this year Biennale will have turn that is more political and reinforced by the live reading of the three books of Capitalled by the British artist Isaac Julien.

The artist guest list of the Biennale visual director and curator Okwui Enwezor also includes the duet Allora and Calzadilla; Ricardo Rodríguez Brey; Tania Bruguera; and Coco Fusco, who will release a new single-channel video, Confession. Bruguera’s participation is still uncertain, as heis held in Cuba for legal affairs.

Both the International Biennale of Venice as the International Film Festival in that city are the first and oldest event of its kind in the world. This Biennale was founded in 1895 and today is one of the most prestigious cultural events in the world. The Biennale, at the forefront of research and promotion of new trends in contemporary art, organizes exhibitions in different sectors (arts, architecture, film, dance, music and theater). Its history has been documented in the Archives of Contemporary Art, newly renovated.

Cecilia Crespo

Cecilia Crespo

She is a journalist. She has received several acknowledgements, among them the National Award of Cultural Journalism granted by the UNEAC and the UPEC to journalists in Cuba who are less than 35 years old. Her texts frequently appear in various Cuban publications specialized in cinema and visual arts.

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