collettivo culturale tuttomondo Los Carpinteros (Cuba)
opera: Los Carpinteros, Lampara de Mesa, 2013
Los Carpinteros (I falegnami) è un famoso collettivo artistico cubano.
Il collettivo è stato fondato nel 1992 a L’ Avana da Marco Antonio Castillo Valdes, nato nel 1971 a Camagüey (Cuba), Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez, nato nel 1969 a Caibarién (Cuba) e Alexandre Arrechea Jesus Zambrano, nato nel 1970 a Trinidad (Cuba). Zambrano ha lasciato il gruppo nel 2003. Los Carpinteros vivono e lavorano a L’Avana e a Madrid (Spagna).
Affascinati dall’intersezione tra arte e vita quotidiana, Los Carpinteros uniscono architettura, design, disegno e scultura in modi bizzarri e imprevedibili.
Le loro opere accuratamente realizzate utilizzano un umoristico linguaggio visivo di contraddizione e trasformazione, come l’utilitaristico contro l’inutile e la forma contro la funzione.
Los Carpinteros (Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez) is an internationally acclaimed Cuban artist collective best known for merging architecture, sculpture, design, and drawing.
From the outset in the early 1990s, Los Carpinteros’ work has reflected on social transformations in post-revolutionary Cuba, offering critical commentary of dominant ideologies and power structures with humor and artistry.
Los_Carpinteros’ Intersections project features two videos from 2018—Comodato and Retráctil—and a group of LED sculptural portraits of elderly Cuben citizens rendered as heroic revolutionaries. The films and portraits produce a social landscape of Cuba’s modern history that has been at once utopian and dystopian, promising and devastating.
Cuba Va! is Los Carpinteros’ first museum project as a collective since their separation in summer 2018, continuing the Phillips’s tradition of “firsts” by staging a new beginning of the long celebrated Cuban collective.
The work done by Los Carpinteros appeared at multiple galleries and institutions, including the Contemporary Art Center in Queens, NY, Grant Selwyn Fine Arts in Los Angeles, CA, and The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, NY.
Their piece Free Basket is on permanent display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The piece mixes plastic, concrete, paint, and steel, and it shows a large basketball hoop with rounded metal pieces arranged around the hoop.
They are also known for the piece Transportable City, which showed the famous buildings of Havana as crumbling structures made with tents.
The piece toured the world, appearing at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, CA. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York all have pieces by the group on permanent display.