Harvard University presents ‘Diago: The Pasts of this Afro-Cuban Present’

By ARC Magazine Friday, February 10th, 2017 Categories: Exhibitions, Updates
 

The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at Harvard University presents the exhibition ‘Diago: The Pasts of this Afro-Cuban Present’, curated by Harvard University professor Alejandro de la Fuente. The show opens to the public on February 1 and runs until May 5, 2017. This exhibition includes 25 artworks of mixed media and installation art that span Juan Roberto Diago’s vibrant career, since the mid-1990s, when he began to construct a revisionist history of the Cuban nation from the experience of a person of African descent. It is a history of enslavement and cultural loss, but also of resilience and recovery, the kind of history that is required in this Afro-Cuban present. This is the first retrospective exhibition of this prominent Cuban artist, offering a critical and selective view of two decades of uninterrupted work.

Harvard University Press has also published a bilingual volume, with the same title as the exhibit, that offers a review of Diago’s work since the beginning of his career.

Juan Roberto Diago, Untitled, 2013.

Juan Roberto Diago, Untitled, 2013.

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La Galería Ethelbert Cooper de Arte Africano y Afroamericano de la Universidad de Harvard acoge la exposición Diago: Los pasados de este presente afrocubano, que se inaugura el 1 de febrero en esa sede universitaria. La exposición reúne unas 25 obras en técnica mixta e instalaciones que trazan la trayectoria de Juan Roberto Diago desde mediados de la década de 1990, cuando comenzó a construir, a través de su arte, unahistoria alternativa de Cuba, desde una perspectiva afrocubana. La historia de la nación cubana que Diago propone está anclada en pasados vigentes de esclavitud, violencia, discriminación y desarraigo cultural, pasados construidos desde su mirada crítica del presente. Esta es la primera exposición retrospectiva de la obra del destacado artista cubano, una mirada crítica y selectiva a sus veinte años de creación ininterrumpida. Con curaduría de Alejandro de la Fuente, profesor de la Universidad de Harvard, la muestra estará expuesta hasta el 5 de mayo.

La editorial universitaria de Harvard (Harvard University Press) ha publicado además un libro bilingüe, con el mismo título de la muestra, que ofrece un recorrido por la obra de Diago desde sus comienzos.

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