Intersecciones: Six Cuban Artists Explore US-Cuba Relations in a New Portland Show


Lewis & Clark’s Hoffman Gallery presents “Intersecciones,” a re-imagining of Cuba’s relationship with the United States through the mixed-media lens of six of the island’s young artists: Rafael Villares, Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo, Reynier “El Chino” Novo [see his “El beso de cristal” above], Elizabet Cerviño, Adriana Arronte, and Yornel Martínez. Intersecciones opened on January 28 and runs through March 13, 2016. [Many thanks to Ariana Hernández Reguant for sharing this item via EthnoCuba.]

A tree stump shot through with a lightning bolt; a shelf of glasses bearing presidential images; a video of a naked body stumbling through an old building: welcome to Lewis and Clark’s Hoffman Gallery’s Intersecciones, a mixed media exhibit featuring work from six young Cuban artists. Rafael Villares, Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo, Reynier “El Chino” Novo, Elizabet Cerviño, Adriana Arronte, and Yornel Martinez all trained at the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte) in Havana and each brings a fresh, distinct perspective to this Southwest Portland campus.

The exhibit in many ways functions as a conversation between Havana and Portland—both small cities that boast fertile artistic communities with reach that extends beyond their geographical parameters. Through highly conceptual pieces, it tackles topics ranging from consumerism to conversations within art, from an exploration of language barriers to the transcendent unity living within a cracked tile.

Four of the six artists came to Portland to install their pieces, and also give talks at Lewis & Clark and Reed College. All were on hand for the show’s opening last Thursday (Jan 28). We spoke with each artist on their individual interpretations of the exhibit’s broad concept of intersection, making for a striking confluence of voices and visions.

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