Carlos Garaicoa, Partitura, 2017
5 October 2019 – 12 January 2020
Carlos Garaicoa was born in La Habana, Cuba in 1967 and uses a variety of media and materials to reflect and comment on the economic, social and political implications of architecture and the urban landscape. Early in his career, during the eighties, he used mainly photography to document and criticize the state of decay and dilapidation of his hometown. During the nineties, he began working also with film, sculpture, performance and installation and took his practice beyond Cuba. Still focusing his attention on the role of architecture and urbanism, during this period his works comment specifically on the Modernist utopian architecture, and more in general on failed ideologies as expressed in architecture. It is during this time that he became known within the international art scene, where he has been active since then. Today Carlos Garaicoa lives in Spain but remains close to Cuba where he has a studio and is involved in the local cultural scene.
In recent years he has had solo shows at Fondazione Merz, Torino (2017); MAAT, Lisbon (2017); Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao (2017); Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2016); Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo (2015); Fundación Botín, Santander (2014); NC-Arte and FLORA ars + natura, Bogotá (2014); Kunsthaus Baselland Muttenz, Basel(2012); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Brunswick, Germany (2012); Contemporary Art Museum, Institute for Research in Art, Tampa (2007); H.F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (2011); Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Amsterdam (2010); amongst others.
The city of Lund is currently undergoing a phase of redevelopment of considerable scale. This gives us an opportunity and an excuse to discuss the motivations behind this, as well as the potential impact these changes could have on Lund’s current and future inhabitants. Carlos Garaicoa has been invited to Lund to reflect through his work on the relationship of the public discourse about Lund and the actual perception of the city as experienced by its inhabitants and visitors. Lunds konsthall has commissioned new work by the artist, which will be shown together with works produced during different periods of his career. The exhibition is a collaboration between Lunds konsthall and Skissernas Museum, and it will consist of two individual shows complementing each other by focusing on different aspects of Garaicoa’s practice.