Friday May 25, 2018

Carlos Garaicoa Creates Site-Specific Artwork in Córdoba

Exhibition curated by Cuban critic Gerardo Mosquera

Carlos Garaicoa, one of the heavyweights of contemporary Cuban art, took part in El Patio de mi Casa (The Yard of My House), a site-specific project directed by Cuban critic and curator Gerardo Mosquera in the Spanish city of Córdoba. Garaicoa's work, Principios básicos para destruir (Basic Principles to be Destroyed), was a city made of sugar, destined to be eaten by ants, which was built in the second yard of the School of Philosophy and Letters.

During the exhibition, which ran through the end of November, Garaicoa´s work was one of several installations placed in public and private courtyards and patios in the historical section of the city. Sixteen artists participated in the project, including Mona Hatoum (United Kingdom), Priscilla Monge (Costa Rica), Mounira al-Solh (Lebanon/Holland), Magdalena Atria (Chile), Cristina Lucas, Fernando Baena, Federico Guzmán, and Jorge Perianes (Spain), Mariana Castillo Deball (Mexico/Berlin), Cai Gou-Qiang (China/US), and Glenda León (Cuba). Many of the works offer whimsical commentary on aspects of everyday life: golden snails climbing up flowerpots, flowers made of female underwear, or a house-trapped Alice in Wonderland. Intended to link Spain's cultural heritage with contemporary art, the exhibition was sponsored by Córdoba Foundation Cultural City, as part of its bid to win the designation of European cultural capital in 2016.