Exhibition of Yornel Martínez. Gallery Servando, Street 23 corner to 10, Vedado. August - September 2017

"An exhibition space is not just a display of objects,
but also a space for negotiation, a place where it is possible
to play a whole series of games."


In any link that we try to establish between a territory and its representation, there underlies a quotation to the text "Del rigor en la ciencia", by Jorge Luis Borges, where the author problematizes the relationship that exists between the representation of the territory and the existence of the space itself.

For this exhibition, Yornel Martínez uses the quotation as a self-referential resource and thus creates a simulation artifact. He seeks to delve deeper into the dichotomous visions that polarize reality versus representation; as in a picture of Magritte, where the significant space lets us see the artifice of that which is represented.

In Ibídem the symbolic relationship does not rest solely on the perceptual identity between model and referent, here the model as a representation of the space-gallery transcends the mere instrumental condition from the moment in which an illusionist scenario is generated within it. The use of technical cards establishes a textual game that positions the spectator before the predominance of language as a simulacrum, thus drawing attention to the notions of power already implicit in the act of representing.

Yornel J. Martínez Elías
Manzanillo, Cuba, 1981

Graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte de la Habana (2007).

He has made personal exhibitions in: project The Apartment; National Library José Martí; gallery Servando; Center of Development of the Visual Arts; gallery Villena of the Office of the Historian of Havana; Provincial Center of Plastic Arts and Design of Havana; Foundation Ludwig of Cuba; among other spaces.

His work has also been exhibited in group shows at UNAICC headquarters, organized by Galería Continua, Havana; CAB ART Center, Brussels; PAMM, Miami; Museo de la Universidad de Antioquia and Sala S, Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional de Medellín, Colombia; Instituto Cervantes, Rome; Estudio Carlos Garaicoa, Madrid; in La Acacia Gallery, Havana; in The Hoffman Gallery, Portland, USA; in CDAV, Havana; in the Centro Cultural de Tres Cantos, Ayuntamiento de Tres Cantos, Madrid; in the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana; in the Fundación Pons de Madrid; in Galería Habana, Cuba; in the Centro Cultural de España in Havana; among others.

He has also participated in events such as the Havana Biennial; the Aichi Trienal, Nagoya, Japan; the ARCO Madrid fair; Workshops with Gabriel Orozco, Jibacoa Beach, Havana; the Workshop with Luis Camnitzer, Casa de las Américas, within the framework of the XII Havana Biennial.

He was awarded the Davidof scholarship for Caribbean artists in collaboration with Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland (2017); the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation and the Cuban Art Fund residency, New York City (2017); the residency at the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome in collaboration with A x A, Rome, Italy (2016); as well as the Antonia Eiriz Creation Scholarship awarded by the AHS to young artists (2012).

His work can be found in collections such as the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Cuba; the Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico; the Bronx Museum, New York, USA; the Perez Art Museum (PAMM), Miami, USA; and the Fine Art Center, Colorado, USA.