Torres & Tumbas. Belkis Ayón / Janis Lewin / José A. Figueroa
Torres & Tumbas.
Belkis Ayón / Janis Lewin / José A. Figueroa
The Estudio Figueroa-Vives, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Cuba and the Belkis Ayón Estate organize the exhibition Torres y Tumbas (Towers and Tombs), in tribute to the artist Belkis Ayón on the 20th anniversary of her decease (September 11, 1999. The exhibition is also a tribute to Dr. Katia Ayón (Havana, 1964-2019), who was the artist’s Estate for these 20 years.
Belkis is considered one of the most outstanding creators of her generation and one of the most audacious and transgressor printmakers. The exhibition presents a wide selection of her works between 1989 and 1999, composed by 28 collography and one offset printings, 10 plates and 12 sketches, unpublished or minimally exhibited in its majority. All the works belong to the Estate’s collection.
The exhibition also recalls the attack to the Twin Towers of New York (September 11, 2001). Photographers Janis Lewin (Connecticut, 1949) and José A. Figueroa (Havana, 1946) have been invited to participate in this section of the exhibition. Both colleagues walked together the streets of Manhattan up to the permissible limits during September 11 and the days following the attack. Thirty images have been selected from the negatives of both artists that resume their points of view about those dramatic events from the standpoint of a Habanero and a New Yorker. Included in the exhibition is the screening of more than 14 hours of direct recording of US television compiled by Figueroa in those days from live transmissions of the attacks by multiple channels, and subsequent documentaries on the history of the Towers and the investigation of the events. A selection of magazines, newspapers and documents preserved by both photographers is also displayed. A video made from recordings and photographs by Lewin and Figueroa, produced especially for this event by Rubén Cruces, was premiered at the opening night in the front tennis court of the Embassy.
Rialta Magazine, Mexico / September, 2019
By Jamila Medina
Tentado por el azar concurrente de las fechas y por la geometría quiral –pero no sólo–, el Estudio Figueroa-Vives ha hecho confluir dos historias, dos líneas de vida (y muerte): la de las Twin Towers destruidas el 11 de septiembre de 2001 y la de la grabadora Belkis Ayón (La Habana, 1967-1999).
Artcrónica, Cuba / September, 2019
By Redacción Artcrónica
Torres y Tumbas. Belkis Ayón y el 9/11 (Janis Lewin y José A. Figueroa) es el proyecto que hasta el próximo mes de noviembre se muestra en el Estudio Figueroa-Vives. La Habana y la Embajada de Noruega en Cuba, con el apoyo del Estate de Belkis Ayón.
Cubacomenta, United States / September 12, 2019
By Lucía Jerez
La muestra Torres y tumbas, inaugurada en La Habana, relaciona dos acontecimientos que ocurrieron un mismo día y que transmiten la inseguridad y lo efímero en la vida. Se exponen obras de Belkis Ayón, José A. Figueroa y Janis Lewin.