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Works by young, Cuba-based artists bring a view of the island to American audiences. The Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) is the venue for the exhibit (Art)xiomas: CUBAAHORA: la siguiente generación.

La siguiente generación

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The Next Generation

Works by young, Cuba-based artists bring a view of the island to American audiences. The Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) is the venue for the exhibit (Art)xiomas: CUBAAHORA: la siguiente generación.

This exhibition, an unprecedented artistic initiative in the years of Cuban Revolution, will be open until August 7, and it gathers paintings, engravings, photography, design and audiovisual works by 15 artists graduated from the University of the Arts.

‘Visual art builds bridges of dialog between Cuba and the United States with this exhibit’, said exhibition commissioner Gabriela García Azcuy during the opening.

‘We now have a new generation of artists who are guided by new paradigms’, maintained Azcuy. For her, it is an axiom, ‘a truth based on facts which speak for themselves.’

The distinctive value which unites this new generation of artists is that, ‘saturated by so much politics’ they decided ‘to turn more to themselves’, the curator of Cuban origin considered.

However, some of the pieces do not distance themselves from the artists’ immediate context.

Among the works there is a performance by Mabel Poblet, entitled Madeja, a tangle of blue, red and white threads—the colors of the Cuban flag—in the middle of which the artist moves, nude, to weave all sorts of possible combinations. It is a great mesh which alludes to Cuban reality.

In photographs, the Cuba of the 1930s and the 1940s is revealed, superimposed with current images, taken after ‘the opening’.

According to OAS Secretary for Hemispheric Affairs James Lambert, the exhibit ‘reflects the transformation of Cuban society’, which is ‘more globalized and connected to the outside.’

Lambert believes this is ‘the ideal moment’ to organize the exhibition, in the context of normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, a country which was suspended as a member of OAS until 2009, although Havana has rejected coming back into the organization after the suspension was lifted.

The group of artists includes Mabel Poblet, Jorge Otero, Grethell Rasúa & Harold García, Adriana Arronte, Ariamna Contino, Adrián Fernández, Álex Hernández, Frank Mujica, Osmeivy Ortega, Adislen Reyes, Roger Toledo, Gustavo del Valle and Josuhe Pagliery.

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