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52: Havana

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| Winter 2015 |

Edited by Susan Lord, Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda, and Zaira Zarza

HAVANA highlights two distinct historical moments in the art and cultural politics of Havana: the 1960s, and 50 years later, the post-2010s. At the heart of the issue sits the 12th Havana Biennial, featuring curatorial statements and dossiers comprising the work of over 50 artists presented at the Biennial. We conceive of Havana as an ongoing project. In the 1960s it was a project of decolonized cosmopolitanism, the capital of the “Third World,” and an ex- perimental ground of socialism. Of course, it was then also a projection—of dreamworlds, images of redistributed power, utopian playgrounds for the European Left, new worlds of belonging for the disenfranchised and exiled, etc. Today Havana is a new project with different projections: economic experiments and investments, differentiated mobilities and poverties. This issue tells the story of these disparate times.

Table of Contents

SECTION 1: Havana: Transitions and Projections
Cuba: Babalú-Ayé Tosses His Crutches toward the Future, Alan West-Durán
The Spaces Between: Contemporary Art from Havana, Keith Wallace
From Havana Portraits from an Intimate Outsider, Karen Dubinsky
Some Thoughts on the Right Way (for Us) to Love the Cuban Revolution, Rachel Weiss
Miss Bienal Inaugurates La Primavera del Amor: Genesis of a Platform for Research and Intercultural Artistic Production in Cuba, June 2014-June 2015, Catherine Sicot
Artist Project: fragments from Deriva (Cerro) (2013), Manuel Piña Baldoquín

SECTION 2: Havana 2015 Biennial
Dossier 1
Between the Idea and the Experience, Jorge Fernández Torres
Expanded Architecture, Nelson Herrera Ysla
Artists: Raúl Morilla, 2boys.tv, Tirzo Martha and David Bade, Shilpa Gupta, Héctor Zamora, Francisca Benítez, Víctor Ekpuk, Gilberto Esparza, Nikolaus Gansterer, Dr. Lakra, Didier Faustino, Stéphane Gilot, Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter, Humberto Diaz,Peter de Cupere

Dossier 2
Entre, Dentro, Fuera/Between, Inside, Outside, Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda and Royce W. Smith
Artists: Pedro Lasch, Susana Delahante Matienzo, Elizabeth Stevenson, Levi Orta, Stephanie Syjuco, Omar Estrada, Adonis Ferro, Guillermo Ramírez Malberti, Agnes Chávez

Dossier 3
Mountains with a Broken Edge: A Dossier, Gretel Medina Delgado and Direlia Lazo
Artists: Abraham Cruzvillegas, Michael François, Ryan Gander, Pierre Huyghe, Gabriel Kuri, Tatiana Mesa, Helen Mirra, Navid Nuur, Roman Ondák, Shimabuku, Roman Signer, Ariel Schlesigner

Dossier 4
Biennial in Casablanca: A Summary, José Manuel Noceda Fernández
Artists: Daniel Buren, César Cornejo, La Curtiduría, Sandra Monterroso, Guisela Munita, Juvenal Ravelo, Adrián Villar Rojas, Colectivo Pico Estudio, Renán Rodríguez, Rafael Villares

Dossier 5
Bookmarks: Visual Poetics, Yornel Martínez Elías

SECTION 3: Havana 1959–1968
Havana: Irreversible, Susan Lord
When We Were Modern, Víctor Fowler Calzada
Practices and Counter Practices: Toward the Reconstruction of the Imaginary of 1960s Cuba, Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda
Radical Poetics of the Sixties in Cuba: The Case of Ediciones El Puente and Its Revolutionary Existentialism, Isabel Alfonso
When the Doves of Leipzig Flew To Havana in the Hands of Santiago Álvarez, Jennifer Hosek and Pedro Noa
Artist Project: Lisa Schmidt-Colinet, Alexander Schmoeger, Florian Zeyfang
OSPAAAL and OLAS Posters from the collection of Lincoln Cushing / Docs Populi

Exhibition and Book Reviews by: Michael DiRisio, Dina Georgis, Francis May, Chris Vanderwees, Christina Gray,  Jacqueline Bell, Daniella E. Sanader

+ each issue includes a bookmark from the series by Yornel Martínez Elías

264 pages | Full colour
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