New Art From Cuba: Utopian Territories
Tonel Rene Francisco and Ponjuan
March 21 — April 19, 1997

New Art from Cuba is installations by three contemporary Cuban artists who form part of the larger exhibition, hosted by six galleries, of current Cuban visual practices in Vancouver during March. Curated by Keith Wallace of the Contemporary Art Gallery and Scott Watson of the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery in tandem with Eugenio Valdez and Juan Molina from Havana. Ponjuan and Francisco are collaborators for whom the assemblage work exhibited at the Or is their last together before dissolving as a pair. Tonel created an ambitious room-like installation, part prison, part gallery, in which he housed paintings, photographs and personal documents. All three artists came to prominence in the 1980’s and are some of the last from their generation still residing in Cuba. All are thematically linked through their analysis of the failure of communist utopianism and the inefficacy of the political state to deal with Cuba’s disintegrating social infrastructure.

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