KÜNSTLERHAUS

BETHANIEN

Artist

Hamlet Lavastida

Cuba

Vida Profiláctica, 2015. 44 cut paper templates on wall, 100 x 70 cm each. Installation view at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Artium, Vitoria, Spain. Courtesy of the artist

Hamlet Lavastida works with posters, prints, collages, photos and videos.
He sees his work as a compiling archive of different iconographic and linguistic identities from the period in which the institutionalization of socialism took place in Cuba, especially the decades from the 1960s to the 1980s. For the artist, this form of representational archaeology arose out of the need to create an objective criterion for certain hidden areas of the implementation, administration and operation of state political practices in Cuba. Lavastida’s artistic practice focuses on the reappropriation of texts, images and symbols, as well as political speeches and ideological terminologies, which he critically examines in the context of his work. Relevant here is their reinterpretation using the same or a similar format in which they were originally created.
Hamlet Lavastida *1983 in Havana/Cuba, lives and works in Havanna.

STAY
15.04.2020 – 15.04.2021

Grantee
KfW Stiftung