to infinite possibility / Anything personal / Collective Exhibition / Biennial XIII Colateral Exhibition of Havana / National Museum of Fine arts. Building of Cuban Art / Calle Trocadero e/ Monserrate y Zulueta, Habana Vieja / April-September of 2019
Roberto Cobas Amate and Laura Arañó Arencibia
The exhibition "Nothing personal" investigates one of the most complex aspects of Cuban society throughout its history and that still remains without solution: raciality and its derivations. The exhibition attempts an approximation to such a conflictual and delicate subject from the contemporary until the beginning of the 19th century, at which time the cultural stereotypes that prevailed in the codes of conduct of the Creole of that time until the Cuban of today were already conformed. In other words, a gaze that, freed from chronologies, interweaves a story that now begins with the weight of the testimony on the skin of Carlos Martiel, the heartbreaking canvases of Juan Roberto Diago and expands to the characters of Victor Patricio Landaluze and Vicente Escobar. The exhibition conjugates the languages of painting, drawing, installation and audiovisual production in search of the first manifestations of interracial conflict and its subsequent evolution until the present time; in which it is reflected as an underhand discrimination, with a psychosocial matrix, strongly rooted in the customs, conducts, habits and prejudices of the Cuban people.