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Intersections: Los Carpinteros: Cuba Va!


  • The Phillips Collection 1600 21st Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)
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Los Carpinteros (Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez) is an internationally acclaimed Cuban artist collective best known for merging architecture, sculpture, design, and drawing. From the outset in the early 1990s, Los Carpinteros’s work has reflected on social transformations in post-revolutionary, socialist Cuba, offering critical commentary of dominant ideologies and power structures with humor and artistry. Mixing aesthetic execution with political underpinning, and a sense of irony with nostalgia, the subversive artworks of Los Carpinteros remain equivocal and open-ended. Los Carpinteros’s Intersections project will feature two videos from 2018—Comodato and Retráctil—and a group of LED sculptural portraits. The films and portraits produce a social landscape of Cuba’s modern history that has been at once utopian and dystopian, idealist and brutalist, promising and devastating. Cuba Va! will be Los Carpinteros’s first museum project as a collective since their separation in summer 2018, continuing the Phillips’s tradition of "firsts" by staging a new beginning of the long celebrated Cuban collective.

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