The exhibition also features two special projects, two further interpretations of the island, tribute from artists of different generations or origins. Both play with light, with neon. Saving time by Carlos Garaicoa is a counter-clockwise clock which inevitably takes you back to the year of the revolution, 1959. The last is a poem, an act of love that the Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou dedicates to the island, to its contradictions. And perhaps the only possible answer is Cuba mi amor.
Born in 1967 in Havana, Carlos Garaicoa currently lives and works between Havana and Madrid. He studied thermodynamics and later painting at the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana (1989 - 1994), while developing a multidisciplinary approach to address issues of culture and politics, particularly Cuban, through the study of architecture, urbanism and history. Through a wide variety of materials and media, Garaicoa found ways to criticise modernist Utopian architecture and the collapse of the 20th century ideologies.
Born in Nkongsamba, Cameroon in 1966, Pascale Marthine Tayou lives and works in Ghent, Belgium and in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Already at the very outset of his career, Pascale Marthine Tayou added an “e” to his first and middle name to give them a feminine ending, thus distancing himself ironically from the importance of artistic authorship and male/female ascriptions. The objects, sculptures, installations, drawings and videos produced by Tayou have a recurrent feature in common: they dwell upon an individual moving through the world and exploring the issue of the global village.