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Q & A with Seven Contemporary Cuban Artists

Q & A with Seven Contemporary Cuban Artists


Q & A… gathered in each new edition the voices of Cuban artists who, with marked intention and courage, observed Cuba in full transition. How are we seen? How do we see ourselves? These were the extremes of a long list of interrogations when they spoke about Cuba at the time. As citizens, the guest artists identified relevant problems of social life, politics and the economy, without falling into dogmatic positions or political activism; and as artists, they translated their most personal experiences with the language of art that they know so well. These artists examined their country and themselves, while attempting to discuss the paradox of how the visions, even stereotyped ones, of the rest of the world on Cuba helped to configure their own insular identity.

Q & A… was conceived by its curator as a mutable exhibition than in each new venue and circumstance would change the number of artists and works to approach new research topics to broach the most heated political, social and cultural debates of the moment. It was therefore a dialog between curatorial questions and artistic responses that were trying to understand the scenario in which it took place.


Cristina Vives



Estudio Figueroa-Vives / IDB, Washington, D.C. / Ignacio Barrios, Madrid.


December 9, 2015 – March 13, 2016

Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.


Washington Post, United States / February 28, 2016

In the Galleries: Exploring Cuba via the artwork

By Mark Jenkins

The names are Spanish, the weather tropical and the skin colors diverse, so the place depicted in “Q&A” must be somewhere in the Caribbean. More specifically? The Cyrillic lettering in Alejandro González’s work narrows it down. Welcome to Cuba…



Washington Post, United States / December 11, 2015

You think you know Cuba until you see the new show in Washington by seven young artists from the island

By David Montgomery

The first sign of bold experiments at the Inter-American Development Bank is the window display of crisp white collars and photos of models in sharp suits. Is money so tight for the hemispheric funder of economic development projects that it must open a retail boutique at its headquarters a few blocks from the White House?…



Art OnCuba, United States / December 29, 2015

Q&A in the spotlight

By Dayara Bernal Roque

Estar en el “centro de atención” se ha vuelto una rutina para los cubanos. Ni siquiera me atrevería a decir un rango de tiempo específico pues, ya sea por nuestra ubicación geográfica o por la situación política, Cuba se ha mantenido como noticia desde quién sabe cuándo…



OnCuba Magazine, United States / December 3, 2015

Preguntas y respuestas de artistas cubanos en Washington

By Marita Pérez Díaz

Q&A: with Seven Cuban Artists (Preguntas y respuestas con siete artistas cubanos) es la primera muestra de arte contemporáneo de Cuba que se celebra en Washington D.C. en los últimos años…


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