This flag carries out a mix of symbolic meanings based on people’s sense of belonging to place, in particular the belonging that is born from their concept of the nation. This piece is shaped by the idea that bodies are the battleground for the encounters between ideology and real life. Therefore, there is a transformative action happening in this piece; where the original symbolism of the Cuban flag is deconstructed by what it represents to the Cuban people, independently of the State’s utopias.
Wood panel, Cuban newspaper, photos printed on transparency paper, bread, nails, medical bandage and light bulb. 34 x 42 in. 2017.
Héroes Anónimos (Anonymous heroes).
This is an homage to the essential workers who care for our communities with their daily work, which mostly goes unrecognized. In this installation, I use Cuba’s official medal-granting system to extend this honor to essential workers. I do so by creating large-format medals based on the original design of three of the highest Cuban honors, but they are made from the very materials that these workers use in their ordinary daily tasks. Therefore, I use recycled materials to honor trash collectors; cleaning tools to honor those who perform janitorial services, and old scraps of fabric to honor seamstresses, who are common in Cuba. This homage goes to all of those often invisible workers who tend to be forgotten despite having a big impact on our lives.
From left to right, 24 x 48 in each piece. Front image of the installation. Medal for janitor, plastic pail, mopping cloth, broom straw, and rubber. Medal for recycled trash collector, aluminum can parts, cardboard boxes, and plastic bags. Medal to seamstresses, school uniform cloth, kerchief, pants and shirts. 2011.
Virgin of medicine
A sculpture created for the International School of Medicine Playa Girón, Cuba.
Back and front view. Metal, concrete and x-ray plaque. 64 H x 34 W x 25 D inches. 2011.
This was my first large-scale sculpture, made with metal and concrete in Cuba. It raises questions about the stablished standard of beauty.
Metal, concrete, and dismantled barbie dolls. 68 H x 54 W x 42 D inches. 2011.