Raquel Valdes Camejo, Blue Cube, 2015. Photo: Leonor Amarante

With the theme The Construction of the Possible and a broad discourse, in tune with the socio-political-environmental concerns of the moment, the 13th Bienal de Havana opens its doors, on April 12, with an evolving version of its work over the years. It puts on the agenda thematic lines linked to architecture, the city and its surroundings, ecology and gender and migration issues. One of the novelties of this edition is that it extends to other cities on the Island:  Pinar del Río, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Sancti Spíritus and Camagüey.

The Bienal, as a strategy, will investigate the perception of the current world, poetic procedures and nature that involve memory, society, history, belonging, a living topography, taking into account “the conditions of a world that has intensified nuclear and warmongering threats, phobia, racism, forced displacement, fascist tendencies, the systematic use of lies and the environmental crisis that threatens the survival of the human species”. The group of curators, led by Cuban critics Nelson Herrera Ysla and Jorge Noceda Sánchez, hopes that art will mark new paths for collective reasoning. There are about 170 artists, coming from 45 countries, some of them with works that capture the silent tensions. Among the guest artists are Sara Ramo, Lais Myrrha and Ruy Cézar Campos (Brazil). Tania Candiani (Mexico); Pedro Cabrita Reis (Portugal); Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali), Guy Wouet (Cameroon); Rene Francisco Rodriguez,  José Manuel Fors, Juan Carlos Alom, Kadir López, Dania González and Ruslan Torres (Cuba).

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