Contemporary art in/ from Cuba

Otro amanecer en el trópico | Contemporary Cuban artistic practices
Public Talk

Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 16:00 – 18:00

The public talk held in the scope of the exhibition will approach past and current conditions for the production of Cuban art and its presentations in international contexts.

with Dermis P. León, Henry Eric Hernández, Javier Vilaltella and Tereza de Arruda


Tereza de Arruda (born 1965 in São Paulo, Brazil, lives in Berlin since 1989) is an art historian working as a freelance curator.

She studied art history and has curated numerous projects, including Jin Lie: What is past, is still present, Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, Chengdu; Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Two Times Kunsthalle Rostock; Sigmar Polke, Die Editionen, me collectors Room Berlin; In your heart | In your city, Køs Denmark; Kuba Libre, Kunsthalle Rostock; 2015: Bill Viola, Three Women, International Biennial of Curitiba; Chiharu Shiota, Searching for Destination, SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo; Nina Fischer/ Maroan el Sani The Memory of Concrete, Museu de Arte Moderna Recife; Curator´s Choice, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery London; 2011/2012 Maix Mayer Raumpatrouille, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, If not in this period of time: Contemporary German Paintings 1989-2010, Museu de Arte de São Paulo.

She coordinated the exhibitions "The image of Sound" in the Saint Elisabeth church and "Interventions" in partnership with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. In 2005 and 2006 she co-curated the international performance program "Verbo" in the Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo. In 2004 she coordinated the official Greek contribution of Harris Kondosphyris, on the São Paulo Biennial. In 2003 she curated "Curator's Choice" on the Art Frankfurt and in 2002 she undertook the coordination of the contribution of Cildo Meireles on the Documenta 11.



Dermis P. León (born in Havana, Cuba 1966, lives in Berlin/Santiago of Chile) is an independent critic and curator.

She studied Curatorial Studies (MA) at Bard College, New York; Art History (MA) at University of Havana and Latin American Art (BA) at University of Costa Rica. She is the founder of Curatorial Bureau and a member of the IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art).

Dermis has curated exhibitions in Latin America (Havana, San Jose, Santiago of Chile), Europe (Berlin, Milan, Madrid, Torino, Stockholm, Pesaro, Gdansk) and USA (New York, Los Angeles, Miami) and has also participated as jury member in various art festivals including VideoAkt (Barcelona-2011), FotoEspaña (Madrid -2010) and Sharjah Biennale (United Arab Emirates – 2012). She has worked in the Reina Sofia-Madrid and the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporaneo in San Jose Costa Rica, and has also made research work at the Art Academy-Düsseldorf.

She has published significantly on Latin American and contemporary international art including a bilingual (English/Spanish) book-length study of a Cuban artist: Carlos Boix: Boix Boxing Boixismo 2015.  Dermis has also received the first curatorial prize from the Chilean Ministry of Culture (2015) among others prestigious grants and fellowships.

Henry Eric Hernández (Cuba/Spain, 1971) is a transdisciplinary artist, social researcher and professor.

He is a Graduate in Fine Arts from the Higher Art Institute of Havana and earned a Ph.D in media studies from the Complutense University of Madrid. Henry Eric has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Christoph Merian Stiftung, the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, and the Botín Foundation. He has participated in the Havana, Valencia-São Paulo, and Ceramics in Contemporary Art biennales. Perceval Press has published two of his books: Revenge (2006) and Another Island for Miguel (2008). Almenara Press-Leiden has published his book: Mártir, líder y pachanga. El cine de peregrinaje político hacia la Revolución cubana (2017).

He has recently organized the Cuban art group exhibition The End of the Great Tale (Taller Gorría Gallery, Cuba; Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, México)

Javier Vilaltella is an Art historian and professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – Institute for Romanian Philology, Spanish and Latin-American cultural studies.


Wann am 15. September 2018 von 16:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
Wo Exhibition room (lounge)
Reinbeckstr. 17
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