Vienna Master of Arts in Applied Human Rights

The exhibition will finally be opening physically at ENTRE on 18 December, 3pm-9pm.  
ENTRE is pleased to present OBSESSION, featuring work by 15 Cuban artists and inaugurated on the 1-year anniversary of the 27N movement for artistic freedom. The exhibition is co-created by the Cuban curator Solveig Font and the US-born artist/curator Marilyn Volkman. On 18 December from 3-9pm, ENTRE will physically welcome the public for the first time. The newly opened space is dedicated to fostering social and political understanding through artistic and discursive events, and is located in the former home of Significant Other.
The OBSESSION exhibition emerges from the current, critical period when Cuban artists, journalists, and intellectuals have responded to the government’s crackdowns on artistic freedom with specific demands. OBSESSION aims to be a channel of ‘healing’ for the artists involved, many of whom have suffered marginalization, seclusion and violence in recent months by the repressive apparatus of the Cuban Government.

The exhibition is made up of works by Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Lester Álvarez Meno, Katherine Bisquet, Jenny Brito, Raychel Carrión, Benjamín del Castillo, Adrián Curbelo, Italo Expósito, Kiko Faxas, Celia González, Hamlet Lavastida, Camila Lobón, Julio Llópiz-Casal, Mujercitos collective, and Nelson Jalil Sardiñas.

Accompanying the exhibition is a series of online and in-person discussions surrounding the work of participating artists and the situation of artistic discourse and cultural narratives in the Cuban context.

Schedule a viewing by email or phone: entrevienna@gmail.com | +31 (0) 6 3012 1777
Open hours for ENTRE can be viewed on the gallery’s website.

27 November 2021 — 28 January 2022
ENTRE | Burggasse 24/4 | 1070 Vienna
online inauguration 27 November 2021
physical opening 18 December 2021, 15-21h
Solveig Font
Marilyn Volkman
Mujercitos • Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara • Lester Álvarez Meno • Katherine Bisquet • Jenny Brito • Raychel Carrión • Julio Llópiz-Casal • Benjamin del Castillo • Adrian Curbelo • Italo Exposito • Kiko Faxas • Celia González • Hamlet Lavastida • Camila Lobón • Nelson Jalil Sardiñas
OBSESSION gathers and involves an entire spectrum of optimism and anxiety that has accompanied the lives of artists in Cuba since 2018, when Decree 349 severely restricted the cultural sphere. Following two years of escalating tensions, on 27 November 2020, more than 300 people assembled at the Cuban Ministry of Culture to reject state violence against artists and demand rights of artistic expression for all.
Since then, many artists have all but stopped making work to dedicate themselves to activism, while others have shifted the focus of their artistic practice toward the current crisis.
In some cases, OBSESSION has been the only way to achieve results—an agent of action and a path forward. At the same time, it has been a constant source of anxiety and distress, all but consuming entire aspects of life. For many, the work has become the condition of being faced with continual antagonism by the State. For other Cuban artists working outside the country, their production is in some ways now more inside the context than ever before.
OBSESSION is a state of being, a profile of psychology, an exit to social ostracism. It suggests an entrypoint into the current socio-political context of Cuba without being too far-fetched, ever mindful that OBSESSION implies a certain underlying precarity.
The exhibition has to do with artists’ insistence on telling (the rapporteur), on testifying (the narrative), and on ceaselessly sharing images and information to raise awareness, in all cases, obsessively.
In these times, what are we going to talk about if not obsession,
anxiety, and the most distressing burnouts, they last longer than joys,
they are deeper and more evident in the brief space that we occupy in this world.
- Raychel Carrión
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