In Havana, a New Vision for “Espacio Aglutinador”


Cuban Art News writes that founder Sandra Ceballos teamed up with Coco Fusco in an ambitious long-term project called Espacio Aglutinador. Here are a few excerpts from an interview with Fusco about the plans for the space:

Last month, Havana artist and curator Sandra Ceballos and Cuban-American artist, writer, and scholar Coco Fusco launched a campaign in support of Espacio Aglutinador, Ceballos’s independent art space, and a new international program hosted there. [. . .]

Tell us about Espacio Aglutinador. How would you describe its place in the history of contemporary Cuban art?

Aglutinador is the longest running, most consistently maintained independent art space in Cuba. It’s been in operation since 1994. That, in and of itself, is amazing. Sandra always finds new and different ways to exhibit work and present programs, to nourish young artists and artists who are in one way or another outside the mainstream.

From the beginning, Sandra’s proposal was to aglutinar, which to her meant to bring everybody together. She’s been faithful to that goal. There’s nothing else like Aglutinador in Cuba. There have been very interesting, ephemeral exhibitions that organized in other artists’ homes, but no one else has committed themselves to showing the work of other artists on a continuous basis.

Long before Galería Habana or any other state-run institution began to recuperate artists who had left Cuba in the 1980s and early 1990s, Sandra was already doing that at Aglutinador. The gallery operates as a networking space, and a space of intergenerational exchange—it’s an important part of history of contemporary art in Cuba.

[. . .] What are you envisioning for the archive—the 24 years of documentation that Sandra has at Aglutinador?

We have to digitize the archive. We have to digitize organize everything so that scholars can make use of Aglutinador as a resource. We have to translate the catalogues as well. [. . .]

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