Art Exhibition: “ Queloides/Keloids” Opens at W.E.B. Du Bois Institute

Holly Bynoe reminds us that the exhibition “Queloides/Keloids: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art” will be taking place from January 25 to May 12, 2012 at the W.E.B Du Bois Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This traveling exhibition started out at the Wifredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art in Havana (April 16-May 31, 2010) and then traveled to the United States, to the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (October 8, 2010 to February 27, 2011). See previous posts Art Exhibition: Queloides/Keloids and Art Exhibition: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art (Queloides II).

Discussion and opening reception will be held on January 25th 2012. From 4:00pm the curators will be in conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at the Hiphop Archive, Du Bois Institute Floor 2R, 104 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge. The opening reception will take place at 5:30pm at the Rudenstine Gallery, Du Bois Institute Floor 3R, 104 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge.

Description: Queloides/Keloids is an art exhibit that contributes to current debates about the persistence of racism in contemporary Cuba and elsewhere in the world. The twelve artists invited to participate are renowned for their critical work on issues of race, discrimination, and identity. Several of them collaborated in three important exhibits in Havana between 1997 and 1999 (titled “Keloids I”, “Keloids II”, and “Neither Musicians nor Athletes”). The last two were curated by the late Cuban art critic Ariel Ribeaux. “Keloids” are wound-induced, pathological scars. Although any wound may result in keloids, many people in Cuba believe that black skin is particularly susceptible to them. Thus the title evokes the persistence of racial stereotypes, on the one hand, and the traumatic process of dealing with racism, discrimination, and centuries of cultural conflict, on the other hand. Queloides/Keloids includes several art forms–paintings, photographs, installations, sculptures, videos–and offers novel ways to dismantle the so-called racial differences.

The participating artists are Pedro Álvarez, Manuel Arenas, Belkis Ayón, María Magdalena, Juan Roberto Diago, Alexis Esquivel, Armando Marino, Marta María Pérez, René Peña, Douglas Pérez, Elio Rodríguez, and José A. Toirac.

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Image included here: “When I Am Not Here, Estoy Allá” by María Magdalena Campos Pons from

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