The Havana Biennial 13th edition, is not going to take place this year as hoped for. Once a biennial event, (the last one to take place was in May 22 to June 22, 2015 – “Between the Idea and the Experience,”), it is now scheduled to launch in November of 2018. The news was officially announced by the Biennial Foundation. The featured artists have yet to be announced:
The international art world has descended on Havana to savor its 12th Biennial art exhibition. With the current thawing of US – Cuba relations, many might be tempted to think this is the first time the world has visited. In fact, since the late 1980s to early 1990s, Cuba has been opening up its beauty to the world. Every two years since 1984, Havana has presented both its own artists and international artists to join in the celebration of art of the South and North.
“The light in Cuban eyes”, so gentle and beautiful the title of a new book of a collection of photographs by Cuban photographers amassed by Madeleine P. Plonsker, the philanthropist. Ms. Plonsker of Lake Forest College in the U.S. has traveled to Cuba since 2002. Photographs by many unknown Cuban photographers make up this collection of photography which cover the “Special Period” in Cuba.
Cuba’s “Special Period” refers to a time when the financial relationship between Cuba and the Soviet Union ended in 1989 resulting in a time of extreme economic hardship for the Cuban people. Combined with the American embargo against Cuba, food shortages, medicine, petroleum, power outages and other necessities of life contributed to the extreme suffering of the people.
If you’re planning on attending the upcoming 12th Biennale Havana 2015 which opens this May 22 and will run until June 22, 2015, you’ll want this book, “Cutting Edge Art in Havana – 100 Cuban Artists,” in hand. Cutting Edge Art in Havana – 100 Cuban Artists is written by authors Mayret Gonzalez-Martinez, Osmany Suarez-Rivero and Yoanna Toledo-Leyva. The book is edited by Anthony Rubenstein and Mylena Saurez-Perez with design by Darwin Fornes-Baez.
The subject of this video is the art project, Surcos de la ciudad, “Wrinkles of the City,” for the 11th Havana Art Biennial in 2012 .
Invited by the Wifredo Lam museum to contribute to the Art Biennial, Havana forms the backdrop to the works. Its worn, decaying buildings bear the portraits of 25 older people who have lived through and endured the history of the city. The video is directed by the two artists who created the murals, JR (from France) and José Parlá, (a Cuban American artist). It features their work, the artists’ process in the creation of the murals as well as conversations with the people who were photographed.