CARLOS GARAICOA

When:17 May, Tue-Sat: 10am-6 pm Sun: 12-5 pm
Where:Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art
14 Wharf Road
N1 7RW
Tube: Old Street
020 7490 7373
parasol-unit.org/whats-on
Cost:Free

Showing here in London for the first time in a public institution, Carlos Garaicoa reflects upon ‘the city’ – its limitations, potential and possibilities – as a physical infrastructure, social network and political space in this exhibition comprised of large-scale installations, sculptures, video and photography.

Often taking as his starting point the urban environment and therefore architecture – particularly those of Havana and Madrid, the two cities where the artist both lives and works – Garaicoa documents city landscapes, creating works steeped in provocative commentary which reflect a frustration with social, economic and political issues. In the dimly lit ground floor gallery of Parasol unit is the provocative Fin de silencio (End of Silence), 2010, a body of work that combines both tapestry and video installation. Appropriating pavement signs of former department stores on the streets of Havana, Garaicoa turns digital photographic images into carpets that visitors can walk across.


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