Juegos y desafios - Games and challenges

7 Nov 2014 – 5 Feb 2015

Rainhart Gallery

Brussel, Belgium


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Rainhart Gallery is delighted to announce its momentous group show devoted to Cuban contemporary art, curated by Clarisa Crive, Principal Curator at Subasta Habana, and Ibis Hernandez Abascal, art critic and curator of the Biennal of Havana.


The exhibition showcases a selection of Cuban artists whose poetry takes us on a journey through diferent codes, involving various media such as object, photography, installation and video, often looking to involve the viewer through the means of an enjoyable experience. The show encompasses a full selection of Juegos y Desafíos by Abel Barroso, Duvier del Dago, Ernesto Fernandez, Glenda Léon, Inti Hernandez, Jorge Wellesley and Sandra Ramos.

We start with Inti Hernandez who invites us to the Cuban context with a performance staging a fictitious border of public and private space which intends to demonstrate the opportunity to create beauty through self initiative . Abel Barroso’s goal is to tear down borders and walls while interposing specific geographic North-South dicothomies using carved wood, which, historically speaking, represents the realm of the third dimension in art. To encounter Duvier del Dago, we need to accept the ephemeral, who draws to later transpose the subject into a fugacious reality made of a thin layer of cotton. Ernesto Javier Fernandez collects moments of Cuban reality and blends them with visual languages such as photojournalism and advertising. In Glenda Léon’s work, we can find the visible and the invisible, the sound and the silence, the ephemeral and the eternal while Jorge Wellesley traces a course of Truth and reality expressed by language as a communication system which becomes abstract. On Sandra Ramos’ work we assist on the artist engagement with the nostalgia of living in and leaving Cuba, a narrative where she often casts as the main protagonist.

Ultimately, every artist in the exhibition engages with the phenomena of Cuban memory and a renewed construction of narratives and their shifting significations and have brought Cuban contemporary art into the spotlights of the global art scene.


Ibis Hernandez Abascal

Clarisa Crive


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