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Alexis Esquivel

The Tree of Science in the Garden of the Republic

2010

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 addition to several paintings, Queloides includes a video and installation piece by Esquivel. The Tree of Science in the Garden of the Republic is a digital animation incorporating images of the Cuban National Capitol and the Ceiba, a hundred-year-old tree held sacred by the religions of pre-Hispanic peoples and Afro-Cuban syncretic cults.

Curated by Alejandro De La Fuente

Exhibition

Queloides: Race & Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art, October 15, 2010 - February 27, 2011
About The Artist

Alexis Esquivel co-curated Queloides I and received his Masters in Art Education from Instituto Superior Pedagógico Enrique José Varona, Havana. Described by Cuban art critic Omar Pascual Castillo as “a nonconformist, a smart-mouth, an artist of disturbingly critical crudeness,” Esquivel uses painting, installation, performance, and video art to examine the relationship between power and race in society. His work can be divided into four stages: (1) Historical Portraits, (2) Hysterical Puns, (3) Remaking Maps, and (4) Creole Remix and Latest News from the Sugar Mill. This last series, begun in 2003, "explores the contrivances of a tropicalesque culture made for tourists, a pseudo-liberated culture that disguises the neocolonial" and includes works such as Smile you won!"

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