• Date: Monday 10 October 2016
  • Time: 10:00 – 15:30
  • Location: University of Northampton, Room W25a Walgrave Building, Avenue Campus, St. George's Avenue, NN2 6JD
  • Cost: Free

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The Fine Art Department at University of Northampton kicks off the first term within the new Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, with a visit by three dynamic figures from Cuba’s dynamic art scene. Artists Luis Camejo, Adislen Reyes and curator Chrislie Perez will visit the university on Monday 10th October and will be speaking about their art and the vibrant cultural scene they find themselves in today. This event comes as part of their ten day visit to the UK in association with a major exhibition of Cuban art at the GX Gallery in London (6th – 29th October).

A surge of interest in Cuban art has been registered internationally, especially in the USA, since President Obama visited the island earlier this year, the first visit by an American president in almost a century. To that end, Camejo, Reyes and Perez are delighted to have this opportunity to speak in Northampton where they will talk about their participation in the London exhibition, Presente! Contemporary Art from Cuba. This exhibition of 50 art works from over 30 Cuban artists opens at the GX Gallery, Denmark Hill, October 6-29th offering a rare snapshot of the eclectic and interesting cultural life of the island.

Curator Chrislie Perez, who will speak about Cuban Art Today at the event in the University of Northampton, sees art “As a sort of universal communicator that transcends language and geographical borders.”

In Cuba art does not stay in galleries – it takes to the streets. In this spirit the two artists and curator will share their experiences of creating art in very different and often contested circumstances politically, socially and culturally.

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Please join us for this event and Meet the Artists. The talks (10am – 12pm) are open to the public.

When: Monday 10 October

What time does it start: 10am sharp

Where: University of Northampton, Room W25a Walgrave Building, Avenue Campus, St. George’s Avenue, NN2 6JD.

Contact/RSVP: catriona.leahy@northampton.ac.uk with CUBA as email subject

The Programme:

10am – 12pm | Open to the Public

10am – 3pm | Open to students of University of Northampton

10:00 Introduction and short video screening of Havana Art Biennial 2015
10:15 Art in Cuba Today – A talk by curator, Chrislie Perez, with time for Q&A
10:50 Artist Talk – Luis Camejo, Painter. (With Interpreter)
11:20 Small break
11:30 Artist Talk – Adislen Reyes, Printmaker and Installation artist.(With Interpreter)
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00 Presentation of project “Resonance” created by Students and printmaking fellows of the Fine Art Department
13:30 Tour of Studios and workshops, led by a student ambassador
14:30 Group crit / Presentation of work


Media Enquiries/Exhibition enquiries regarding Presente! Contemporary Art from Cuba

E: presentecubanart@gmail.com  T: 020 7490 1575  or 07958 169627

Exhibition promoted by UK charity the Music Fund for Cuba in collaboration with GX Gallery and Ministry of Culture in Cuba.

Website:  http://presentecubanart.org 

Adislen Reyes – About the Artist

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Adislen Reyes primarily employs a childlike aesthetic in her exploration of issues such as gender and sexuality. Her ‘toon-like’ style serves as a vehicle through which to convey the childlike curiosity and candidness with which she approaches both scatological and erotic imagery.  Adislen’s work simultaneously attempts to subvert long-established gender stereotypes in a seemingly playful manner. Yet the result is unsettling, despite the work’s candied packaging.

Adislen addresses these issues with a multidisciplinary approach: from installation works and ‘found’ objects, to alternative modes of printing and painting, Adislen’s incessant exploration of experimental mediums allows her to layer her art with a multiplicity of meanings that vary according to the work’s materiality.

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Luis Camejo – About the Artist

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Painter Luis Camejo is interested in the fleeting, immediate relationship of man with his environment. Although Camejo’s cities presents images reminiscent of parts of Havana, they are always cosmopolitan, pluralistic places. Rather than collective history, he is fascinated in capturing the movement and dynamic of the city, freeze-framing the instantaneous through paint.

Time and again in his paintings and watercolours, the urban landscape serves to emphasize speed as a social premise. Cars, bicycles, buses, passers-by, anonymous people seem to be always on the move on the endless road of a violently agitated reality. Camejo uses – and over-uses pictorial and compositional devices so as to blur the clarity of the images. His cities are always frenzied. They don’t invite us to moments of peace and quiet but to take part in the nomadic life of the great urban jungle.

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