Overlapping is an exhibition by one of Cuba's leading contemporary artists Carlos Garaicoa, whose work explores the social fabric of our cities through the examination of its architecture. The exhibition brings together new and recent works comprising sculpture, installation, drawing, video and photography, which explore the themes of architecture and urbanism, politics and history, and narrative and human culture.
Carlos Garaicoa, No way out, 2002, Installation
Wood table, wire and rice paper lamps, 140 x 330 x 330 cm
Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Le Moulin
Installation view Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2010
Photo: Denis Mortell
Since the early 1990s Garaicoa has developed his multi-faceted practice as a means to critique modernist utopian architecture and the collapse of 20th-century ideologies using the city as his point of departure. Adopting the city of Havana as his laboratory, his works are charged with provocative commentaries on issues such as architecture's ability to alter the course of history, the failure of modernism as a catalyst for social change and the frustration and decay of 20th-century utopias.
Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1967, Carlos Garaicoa attended the Havana Instituto Superior de Arte in Cuba from 1989 to 1994. Garaicoa has exhibited extensively around the world, recent exhibitions include the Venice Biennale, 2009; Havana Biennale, 2009; La Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, 2008; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2007; the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 2006, and Documenta II, Kassel, 2002.
The exhibition is curated by Seán Kissane, Acting Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue documenting Garaicoa's work since 2006. Published by Charta it includes essays by Seán Kissane; Okwui Enwezor, curator, writer and critic; and Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Director of the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City. Buy online at www.imma.ie.
Irish Museum of Modern Art Website