Individual exhibition, through May 3, 2014
Bazar is Los Carpinteros’ (Cuba) second exhibition at Ivorypress. On this occasion, a series of small and medium-format works will be presented along with three videos that make up the core of the show, the first one of the Cuban duo to be based on audiovisual pieces.
Bazar reveals concerns about human nature—regarding physiology, ideology or consumerism—that are exposed from an anthropological perspective, highlighting organic and symbolic processes and the issues of temporality, aesthetics and social and cultural trivialisation that underlie them.
The first piece of videoart, entitled Conga Irreversible (Irreversible Conga), documents the eponymous performance by Los Carpinteros done in 2012 for the 11th Havana Biennial. The work takes the meaning of the choreography and music of a traditional Cuban comparsa, a collective festivity that is in itself a tool for cultural communication, and turns it on its head.
Another of the videos on show is Pellejo (Skin), a black-and-white projection that shows human ageing through a single sexual act and, finally, Polaris; essentially a sound piece that explores large areas of silence in which the concept of pilgrimage takes on a central role as an abstract and personal ritual.
Along these lines, Los Carpinteros will show two portraits at Ivorypress in the vein of previous works of theirs in which drawings are cut in aluminium and backlit, a technique used in political propaganda in some regions of Latin America. The famous portrait of Che Guevara in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución is used as a reference to represent two people whose names have become synonymous with anticapitalism and social nonconformity: Noam Chomsky and Santiago Sierra.
Marco Castillo (Camagüey, Cuba, 1971) and Dagoberto Rodríguez (Caibarién, Las Villas, Cuba, 1969) created the group Los Carpinteros along with Alexandre Arrechea (Trinidad, Las Villas, Cuba, 1970) in the early nineties. The group began their work using recycled materials—especially wood—and shaping them with traditional techniques, hence their artistic name (Los Carpinteros means “The Carpenters” in Spanish). In 2003 Arrechea launched his solo career and Los Carpinteros continued working as a duo.
Ivorypress, C/ Comandante Zorita 46-48, Madrid, Spain.
Exhibition on view Monday to Friday, between 10am – 2pm and 4.30-8pm; and on Saturdays 11am-2pm, from February 18 through May 3, 2014.
Headline picture’s credits : © Cortesía Ivorypress y Los Carpinteros