Jesús Hdez-Güero

20 CUC (Cuba)

TECHNIQUE Photographs on paper money and bills
YEAR 2012 - 2013

EDITION 3 SIZE Variable Dimensions

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Photographs on paper currency and banknotes (money) 

The iconography of monuments and architectures in the banknotes is the expression of a nation’s symbolic layout. The imaginary map of a territory to go, which encourages a path through these places, “both for those who move around these and for those who live far away. 

“Through “Capital cutouts in transit sites” I propose an itinerary, using banknotes and guide traveler, a path which is only possible through them. It is to collect the different denominations of banknotes a country has and jigsaw images of monuments and architectures that contain in their design. Locate the location where these sites in the city and move to them with the aim of matching, as exact as possible by photography, iconography openwork on banknotes to the monuments and their corresponding real architectures. “Capital cutouts…” constitutes a site specific photography project, where not only acquires a status of documentation and travel log fixed but becomes that “only place” in which is possible unite the real scenario with “container dummy”, ie replace the image represented on banknotes for its original in situ. 

Several photographic series will conform “Capital cutouts…”, which will be displayed along with their corresponding banknotes and will be defined by the countries that will be realized, creating a whole symbolic territory that calls into question the true cultural value and aesthetic commemorative monuments and architectural identity of nations , to be subverted, through its history, the monetary system and make it “inherent to the nature of money.”


Born in Havana, Cuba. Lives and works in Venezuela.

He studied art at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) (2004-2009), La Cátedra de “Arte de conducta”, directed by Tania Bruguera (2006-2008) and The Academy Fine Arts “San Alejandro” (1999-2003), Havana, Cuba.

He has won several prizes and artistic residences highlighting the following: FIA Young Award with 2.0 / 2, Caracas (2013); A-I-R Laboratory, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2013); BATISCAFO residence, HIVOS Foundation and Triangle Arts Truth, Havana (2008) and La Joven Estampa Award, Casa de las Americas, Havana (2003). 

His major solo exhibitions are: Capital unnamed, Gallery Office # 1, Caracas, Venezuela (2014); Guns do not kill, El Anexo / Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela (2013) and cutout reality information, Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba (2007). 

Among his major group exhibitions include: Iconocracia, Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art (Artium), Spain, Zona Franca, 12th Havana Biennial, The Spaces Between: Contemporary Art from Havana. Bildmuseet, Umea University, Sweden (2015); I Cineminutos International Festival of Cordoba, Argentina (2014); The Spaces Between: Contemporary Art from Havana. Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2014); TOUCHED,  Liverpool Biennial. Visitor Centre, Liverpool, UK (2010); Experimental video and video-art: Artists from Cuba, Museum of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia (2009); State of exception. X Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba (2009); VII Biennial of Kwangju, South Korea (2008); States of Exchange: Artists from Cuba, Institute of International Visual Arts (IniVA), London, UK (2008), among others. 

Part of his work is in the collection Mercantil, Caracas and CIFO Collection Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Miami. He currently lives and works between Cuba and Venezuela.

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