Location: Gallery Kula (Ulica kralja Tomislava 10, 21000 Split) & Atrium of the Muesum of Fine Art (Ulica kralja Tomislava 15, 21000 Split)
Duration: May 25, 2021 - July 11, 2021
Carlos Garaicoa: When the city sleeps, the citizens awake
Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa (Havana, 1967) introduces himself to the Split and Croatian audiences for the first time. With installations designed especially for the space of the Gallery Kula and for the Atrium of the Museum of Fine Art, Garaicoa, through a specific blend of history and modernity, speaks about the connections between culture and politics, art and society. Combining war movie posters and contemporary mass-produced cheap grave sculptures, the installation in the Gallery Kula builds on the practice of confronting the contemporary observer with the problem of difficult moments from the history of the twentieth century, especially those related to wars and crimes committed in them. His view is not nostalgic or ideological but is focused on anomalies "by kinship" that develop in different historical contexts and penetrate deep into the present. Regarding the exhibits in the atrium of the Museum of Fine Art, Garaicoa places a work that opens a dialogue between art and urbanity by exploring the social structure of the city through architectural motifs. Garaicoa directs his creative efforts towards the construction of an imaginary environment for the articulation of the speech of a new reality, similar to urban agglomerations, which he translates equally into the tactile field of artistic experiment, as well as into utopian intellectual discourse. Reaching for collaborative work and multimedia apparatus, he creates powerful visual compositions as platforms for different types of speech, primarily critical. At the same time, it does not neglect aesthetic quality as a powerful tool for receptor stimulation. Although in nature he uses highly ideologically and politically motivated events, his speech does not aim at a political pamphlet or political discourse. It is more focused on transcendent and spiritual practices within the field of contemporary artistic creation.
The exhibition in Split will focus on works that question conventional aesthetic norms in the media of photography, installation, sculpture, drawing.
His exhibition introduces the Croatian public to one of the most vital contemporary Cuban authors, with an international resonance and significance.
Garaicoa's exhibit is a continuation of the successful collaboration between the Gallery Kula and the Museum of Fine Art after the organization of several exhibitions: Juliao Sarmento (2016), Mimma Paladin (2017), Ignasi Aballi (2018), Tony Cragg (2019), and Matt Mullican (2020). with the idea of better internationalization of art presentations in Split and Croatia.