Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa. Showing here in London for the first time in a public institution, Carlos Garaicoa reflects upon "the city"—its limitations, potential and possibilities—as a physical infrastructure, social network and political space in this exhibition comprised of large-
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Often taking as his starting point the urban environment and therefore architecture—particularly those of Havana and Madrid, the two cities where the artist both lives and works—Garaicoa documents city landscapes, creating works steeped in provocative commentary which reflect a frustration with social, economic and political issues. Having initially trained as a technician in thermodynamics before attending the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana from 1989 to 1994, Garaicoa came into the art world and art education with a markedly different point of view to that of many other artists. Raised in a Communist regime and culture, infused with the ideas and ideologies of the role of artist in the society, Garaicoa’s first reaction was to use a camera to capture, re-
Displayed in the ground-
In the small side-
Set into the ground of the gallery’s outdoor terrace is Sin título (Alcantarillas) [Untitled (Manhole Covers)], 2014–2018, a series of bronze manhole covers, each one reflecting the kind of critical discourse displayed on placards during various political protests in Cuba.
On the first floor, eight large diptychs of Cerámicas Porno-
Curated by Dr Ziba Ardalan, Founder/Director of Parasol unit, the exhibition is accompanied by a tailored programme of educational events aimed at engaging the public.
*Before walking across the carpet, visitors are kindly requested to remove your shoes and put on the plastic foot covers provided.
Carlos Garaicoa, Cerámicas Porno-
Exhibition 13 April -