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Elio Rodríguez

Black Ceiba

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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In “Elio Rodríguez: Of Joint Ventures and Sexual Adventures,” Sujatha Fernándes, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens College, City University of New York, writes, “The Ceiba tree is sacred within Afro-Cuban religions. By presenting it in the form of a bulbous and protruding sculpture, sometimes even phallic, Rodríguez is reviving a sense of the bodily and physical presence of Black Cuba. Given the trajectory of his Cuba-based body of work ranging from commentary on racial stereotypes to mixed marriages and sex tourism, it is not surprising that outside of Cuba he would have more space to ponder the nature of Blackness as a submerged and often maligned category of subjectivity.”

Curated by Alejandro De La Fuente

When

2010

About The Artist

Elio Rodríguez graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte in 1989. Rodríguez is known for remaking film posters with black protagonists or leading men in the place of white film stars. He also creates soft sculptures such as Black Ceiba.

In “Elio Rodríguez: Of Joint Ventures and Sexual Adventures,” Sujatha Fernándes, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens College, City University of New York, writes, “The Ceiba tree is sacred within Afro-Cuban religions. By presenting it in the form of a bulbous and protruding sculpture, sometimes even phallic, Rodríguez is reviving a sense of the bodily and physical presence of Black Cuba. Given the trajectory of his Cuba-based body of work ranging from commentary on racial stereotypes to mixed marriages and sex tourism, it is not surprising that outside of Cuba he would have more space to ponder the nature of Blackness as a submerged and often maligned category of subjectivity.”

Curated by Alejandro De La Fuente

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