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José A. Toirac, Meira Marrero & Loring McAlpin

In God We Trust/America’s Most Wanted


In this work, the artists explore the depth of the faults in sociopolitical, ideological, religious, and economic systems.

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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The triad of José Toirac, Meira Marrero, and Loring McAlpin explores the depth of the faults in sociopolitical, ideological, religious, and economic systems in their work, In God We Trust/America's Most Wanted. They take on the modern era as one more mirage that vanishes amidst its own beams of light, where confusion, skepticism, and the collapse of utopias open up an even more overwhelming vacuum.

The artists focus their attention on the repercussions and consequences of terrorist acts, taking September 11 as a point of departure. This project also seeks to pay homage to one of the most pertinent figures of contemporary art -- Andy Warhol.

Their work is a probing search of real events, documents, films, and interviews that identify the various and contradictory levels of political-economic and philosophical-religious confrontation. This installation is a refutation of the notion of humanity's historical progress. As the world bears witness to new tragedy, Toirac, Marrero, and Loring manage to create a truthful discourse on the power relations that underlie finance, politics, and religion -- all supper companions at the same table.

The stigma and cliché of the desert, the noxious odors of petroleum, recollections of war, the faces of persecuted terrorists -- all are confronted by the corporal beauty and apparent innocence of young soldiers who waste their youth and time in absurd wars and conflicts. The artists' work establishes a link between uneven realities, laid out in a visual amalgam that leads us into a dangerous zone of confrontations and disjunctions, of leas into the void. There is no God who protects Humanity. The word prudence has been excised from the dictionary. We have all been trained as voracious sheep to carry out cruel acts of cunning.  - Magda Ileana González-Mora, Curator


New Installations, Artists in Residence: Cuba, October 3, 2004 – April 24, 2005
About The Artist

José A. Toirac (Cuban, b. 1966) studied and later taught at the Instituto Superior de Arte and has collaborated since 1994 with Meira Marrero (Cuban, b. 1969), a curator and art critic.

Meira Marrero (Cuban, b. 1969) graduated with a degree in Art History from the University of Havana in 1992. She is a curator and art critic who has worked with José Ángel Toirac on many joint projects. Their collective work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Museé des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Québec, Canada; the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona; the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Geukens and De Vil Contemporary Art in Anvers, Belgium; the Factoría Compostela in Santiago de Compostela, Spain; the Cultural Centers Banco do Brasil in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, Brazil; in addition to various fairs and biennials. She has lectured at important cultural and educational centers in Cuba and abroad and has written articles on Cuban contemporary art published in various specialized periodical publications. She has received the National Curatorship Award granted by the National Council of Visual Arts three times: first for the exhibition Mediations II (Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba, 2002) in 2003; then for Orbis: Tribute to Walker Evans (National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba, 2007) in 2008; and in 2014 for Mare Magnum, Mare Nostrum (Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba, 2013). Additionally, she won the Curatorship Award for the project Jao Moch. Tribute to Antonia Eiriz, granted by the Provincial Center of Visual Arts and Design, Havana, Cuba, in 1998; and the Award of the American Association of Museums for the publication Contemporary Art from Cuba, a Guide to See, in 1998.

Loring McAlpin (b. 1960) is an artist and media producer based in New York City. A founding member of the AIDS Activist art collective Gran Fury, has created public art projects and individual gallery shows, exhibiting in the United States and Europe. Work with Gran Fury included producing radio and television spots for The American Center in Paris, and Creative Time in New York, as well as with major museums in America and Europe. Transitioning from the art world into documentary and film, he was the associate producer on Ira Sachs first feature The Delta. Oral history work has included work with the ACT UP Oral History Project (where many years ago he formed ACT UP NYCs Prison Issues subcommittee) as well as radio documentaries with Kate Bland for Just Radio/BBC Radio 2.

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