In association with Berlin-based gallery House of Egorn, The Gallery at Foyles presents a body of work by the celebrated Cuban artist Aimée García. While primarily a painter, photographer and video artist, Aimée often incorporates embroidery, newsprint and aluminium cooking pots in her work. This is Aimée García’s first exhibition in the UK. She will represent Cuba this year at the 57th Venice Biennale: Viva Arte Viva.
A text by Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda (curator at the Wilfredo Lam Center in Havana and previous curator of the Havana Biennale) will accompany the exhibition.
"..... The newest series of works presented here in Parallel Discourse (2017) synthesise a considerable body of works from an artist who transforms codes and garments into symbolic rules, models, and ways of disrupting these systems. The costume becomes an imposition on epochal psychology and even gender, while the personal dimensions of this imposition leave space for compliance or rebellion.
Like a universal top model, from the traces of allusions to 'the modern woman' or in more traditional styles, the poses, the facial expressions, and their relation to the creation of a canon via the press, advertisement, and social information, place us in an eternal debate between the individual's intent to transgress and the power of societal control. This is also expressed in a variety of materials such as metallic pots sewn with yarn, referencing the traditional ways of “dressing” a table and “serving” with cloths the small plates brought together in a pinnacle of filigree yarn. Perhaps for the same reason, with such symbolic references, the artist is compelled to create the small paper compositions (the 'presents'), so that in the end, we can be the owners of our own messages, choosing what we emit and controlling our own interlocutions."
Danny Montes de Oca Moreda
Havana, February 2017
Venue: The Gallery at Foyles, Level 5, 107 Charing Cross Road
Free entry, no need to book, just come along