THE SPACES BETWEEN: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM HAVANNA

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Cecilia Andersson, Antonio Eligio, Keith Wallace, Vancouver, 2014.

Softcover, 119 pp., 144 illus.

"Including major contemporary figures such as Juan Carlos Alom, Celia y Junior and Eduardo Ponjuan, The Spaces Between discusses the modern current of unfocused politicisation within the works featured, where issues of money, identity and bureaucracy are garnered from each viewers reading and imagination, suggesting reflections of the current emphasis on the spectator as a contributor to the making of meaning.

Published in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, the book maintains the ambient approach of the partnering exhibition in an attempt to depict the context of Havana artists in the modern era. In part it discusses the lo-tech necessities of contemporary artists working in the city today, which has formed if not a coherent style, then a municipal approach to practice. As such, much of the work uses recycled materials or simple video and text-based elements to convey its meaning in a manner more diverse and ambiguous than prior generations of Cuban artists."

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