A CROSS-CULTURAL EXHIBITION BY GAJAH GALLERY
Gajah Gallery is proud to present, INTERSECTIONS, a premier 2-part cross-cultural exhibition between selected Southeast Asian contemporary artists and five distinctive Cuban artists who have mainly exhibited in the West. Previously exhibited at the Sangkring Art Space in Yogyakarta in October 2014, INTERSECTIONS is now travelling to Singapore, and will open at Gajah Gallery from 6 Dec – 21 Dec 2014.
Besides offering a rare insight into the intellectual discourse of contemporary art between these two factions of artists, the exhibition also reveals surprising connections between Southeast Asian and Latin American culture. The juxtaposition of artworks coming from dissimilar geographic locations creates a distinctive dialogue through the exploration of creative cultural processes. The show additionally examines the social, cultural and political locales by utilizing the global languages and concepts of contemporary art.
Cuban art is often time identified with the symbolic story of a country affected by its political and social environment that is an inherent part of its history. This is also akin to Indonesian art which still commonly serves as a personal voice that offers a critique of the current power structures and struggles which have been prevalent since the waning years of the Suharto period in the 1990s.
The collective of five Cuban artists’ that include renowned artist Yoan Capote, his brother Ivan Capote, multidisciplinary artists’ Douglas Arguelles and Adonis Flores, and Europe-based Cuban artist Maykel Linares, constitute the Cuban dialogue of the exhibition. The Southeast Asia selection which comprises of leading contemporary Indonesian artists; Yunizar, Handiwirman Saputra, Ugo Untoro & Putu Sutawijaya, along with acclaimed Malaysian artist Ahmad Zakii Anwar complements the other part of the exhibition.
Adonis Flores (1971)
Adonis Flores is a Cuban multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Havana, Cuba. He holds a degree in Architecture from the Universidad Central de Las Villas, 1997. His artistic practice includes photography, video, installation, performance and interventions in public spaces. As an artist he has found in his actions and interventions the possibility to engage in tactical actions triggering different reactions in such places.
Douglas Arguelles Cruz (1977)
Douglas Argüelles is a contemporary artist who was born in La Habana, Cuba. Throughout his works which range from paintings, drawings, installations, video art and public interventions; he represents his avid obsession with the subversion of biological processes. He strongly believes in the notion of life after death, even for useless, discarded or deceased matter; and this concept transpires in the creation and development of his art which is known to take after the abstract style.
Ivan Capote (1973)
Capote has exhibited extensively in Cuba, the U.S., and France and his works are part of public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe. His mechanical installations and sculptures are documentations of laborious processes that explore the way history is created and erased. The works often encourage the communication of viewpoints in a public space thereby enabling a collective dialogue within a network. Additionally, his oeuvre includes paintings, drawings as well as public performances that have won him much acclaim as a contemporary artist.
Yoan Capote (1977)
Born in Pinar del Río, Yoan Capote is a Cuban sculptor who currently lives and works in Havana. His oeuvre encompasses a wide range of mediums that include paintings, photography, performance sculptures as well as installations. Over the years, he has collaborated extensively with his brother, Iván Capote, also a contemporary Cuban artist, on a series of exhibitions. The concepts behind Capote’s works are often deeply provocative and reflective; while the physicality of the works often play with developing three-dimensional and multi-sensory possibilities.
Maykel Linares (1979)
Maykel Linares is a Cuban artist who has been residing in Europe since 2004. The value of his work is fed with an unstoppable vitality that gives dignity to the everyday view of his experience. He opts for a dissident version of reality, the version not directly related to the reference point, the distorted view of “what is real”, to trace a line of investigation.