Palestra Cívica (Difficult Readings Series)
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DIFFICULT READINGS SERIES
Since 1965 it prohibited the independent press in Cuba and was cataloged within the field of “political illegality”. Starting from this, I make an investigation of a year ending in a photo series titled Difficult Reading. In this series I show a group of independent publications with the largest circulation and impact in the last years in the country. These have had an illegal, clandestine circulation, which makes your visibility and knowledge of citizens is null, ie, does not exist. The photos recreate each publication completely intimate, dark, indefinite environments, sometimes in solitary, to achieve that anonymous, uncertain environment and ignored that usually circulate, read and discussed.
JESÚS HDEZ-GÜERO (1983)
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.