Carlos Garaicoa: the Writing, the Abstraction
20 × 24 in
Limited Edition of 20
Courtesy the artist and Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York
Carlos Garaicoa’s C-print, The Writing, The Abstraction, depicts a city wall covered in graffiti. This image explores his interest in urban ruin as a metaphor for history, desire, memory, the personal, and the collective.
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Carlos Garaicoa had an Art in General artists residency, Apr 13, 1996–May 18, 1996, that culminated with the installation When a Desire Resemble Nothing (Cuando el deseo se parece a nada) where the artist illustrated the various similarities between New York and Havana. He collected objects and documented them as they traveled between both locations creating a series of installations, photographs and drawings highlighting the parallels and ironies of both cities.
Carlos Garaicoa is known for his explorations of social and political issues in the context of urban architecture and the built environment. Inspired by his native Havana, Garaicoa adopts the city as a laboratory and metaphor for human existence, intervening on its landscape to offer searing and insightful commentary on issues such as architecture’s ability to alter the course of history, the failure of modernism as a catalyst for social change, human rights, and the frustration and decay of 20th century utopias. Driven by a belief in the artist’s moral obligation towards society, Garaicoa creates new artistic vocabularies in order to discuss social and political issues that resonate in both local and global contexts.
Carlos Garaicoa (b. 1967, Havana, Cuba) lives and works in Madrid, Spain, and Havana, where he studied thermodynamics at the Instituto Hermanos Gómez and visual art at the Instituto Superior de Arte. Since 1991, Garaicoa has exhibited extensively at international venues including the 53rd Venice Biennale and Documenta 11. His works belong to public and private collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern (London), Museum of Modern Art (New York), and El Museo Nacional de Arte Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid).