SECCA to Present Exhibition Entitled “Cubans: Post Truth, Pleasure, and Pain”
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (April 25, 2018)—The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will present Cubans: Post Truth, Pleasure, and Pain, an exhibition featuring more than 60 works of art by 19 well-known and emerging Cuban artists. Guest curated by Elvia Rosa Castro and Gretel Acosta, Cubans: Post Truth, Pleasure, and Pain will be on display at SECCA, which is located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem, from June 7 – Nov. 4, 2018.
An opening reception will be held on June 7 from 6–9 p.m., with the artists Aimée García, Rafael Domenech, and Ariel Cabrera in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.
Cubans: Post Truth, Pleasure, and Pain is one of the first exhibitions in the southeast to examine contemporary Cuban artists, both inside the island and the diaspora. Featuring the work of 19 different artists, this multi-generational survey showcases well-known and emerging painters, sculptors, photographers, and videographers as well as multi-media installation and performance artists. There is not just one kind of Cuban art, and the multi-faceted and complex issues facing all artists are just as relevant to Cubans and Cuban-Americans. Guest curators Elvia Rosa Castro and Gretel Acosta have gathered introspective voices, political shouts, hedonisms, rudeness, foreign languages spoken with good accents, and marginal cubanisms. Visitors to this bilingual exhibition will encounter a range of works of art from provocative, sociological, and documentary style, to depictions of strong sensuality and conceptualism. A younger generation of Cuban artists comment on issues like the dominance of technology and industrial design and use a subjectivity that works against the traditional Western lenses of binary thinking and power, gender, race, and immigration issues.
The artists who will be featured in Cubans: Post Truth, Pleasure, and Pain are: José Bedia, Ariel Cabrera, Celia & Yunior, Rafael Domenech featuring Ernesto Oroza, Alejandro Figueredo, Diana Fonseca, Aimée García, Rocío García, Luis Gárciga, Juan-si González, Manuel Mendive, Carlos Montes de Oca, Geandy Pavón, René Peña, Carlos Quintana, Sandra Ramos, Grethell Rasúa, and Yali Romagoza.
Guest Curator Elvia Rosa Castro (Sancti Spíritus, Cuba) obtained a philosophy degree and a Master’s in art history at the University of Havana, Cuba. Currently, she is an independent art curator, art critic, and editor. She is the CEO of the art blog Señor Corchea, the first independent blog created in Cuba to promote Cuban artists and exhibitions. In addition to her numerous exhibitions and teaching, she has been awarded two Calendario Prizes in Essay (both in 1997), the Juan Francisco Elso Fellowship (2000), the National Prize of Curatorship (2005), the Grant de IFA-RAVE Foundation (2007) in Germany, and the National Prize of Art Critique Guy Pérez Cisneros (2011).
Guest Curator Gretel Acosta (Havana, Cuba) graduated from the University of Havana in art history in 2014. She has been awarded the Remake, Curatorial Grant Issued by the Center for Development of Visual Arts of Cuba for her collateral collective show NANO at the Twelfth Biennale of Havana, and recently, she received the UNCG Inclusiveness Award to study for a Master of Arts degree in languages, literature, and culture.
Cubans: Post Truth, Pleasure, and Pain is sponsored by Marley Drug.
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is a creative leader of the arts in the Southeast, a museum boldly giving artists of the region a platform for visibility while connecting local communities with the international world of contemporary art. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours, please visit secca.org. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit ncdcr.gov.