Carlos Garaicoa Manso(Havana, 1967)

The art career of Carlos Garaicoa has been truly meteoric. That doesn't mean that he appeared out of nowhere or that sheer luck (or a sudden market opportunity) exempted him from the gradual upward mobility that characterizes the careers of many artists and launched him into celebrity. Garaicoa has always moved forward step-by-step to guarantee a sure advance without setbacks. And this has been possible, not only due to a large dose of talent, originality and creativity, but also to discipline and an enviable ability to organize

Nuevas arquitecturas para Cuito Cuanavale (New architectures for Cuito Cuanavale)

In Nuevas Arquitecturas para Cuito Cuanavale (photograph and drawing) Carlos Garaicoa seems to hint at an ironic, caustic smile. Next to a semi-destroyed shack, he creates a tall and graceful monument to victory rather than a new house for the inhabitants of Cuito. A symbolic luxury instead of a practical solution, which is what politicians so often do to mask or hide, with some kind of grandiloquent gesture, their forgetfulness, negligence and failure to fulfil obligations.

Year: 1999
Technique: Color photograph and drawing in pencil on cardboard
Size: 100 x 120 cm (photograph) 100 x 120 cm (drawing)

Theme: politics