IDB to host a contemporary Cuban art exhibition

A new generation of artists from the island makes its first visit to Washington, D.C.

The Inter-American Development Bank’s Art Gallery will host the exhibition Q&A with Seven Contemporary Cuban Artists from December 10, 2015 through March 10, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

The exhibition, featuring some of Cuba’s most acclaimed young artists, will showcase a selection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and installations that center on two fundamental questions: ‘how do others see us?’ and ‘how do we see ourselves?’ – questions the artists ask themselves when discussing their country and their work.

“Q&A offers a fresh and multifaceted vision of Cuba through the eyes of seven talented artists, who invite us to observe, reflect, imagine and engage in an open dialogue, this time in Washington,” said Trinidad Zaldivar, Chief of the IDB’s Division of Cultural, Creative and Solidarity Affairs.

The show includes pieces by Alexandre Arrechea, Alejandro Campins, Javier Castro, Humberto Díaz, Fidel García, Alejandro González, and Lorena Gutiérrez. Besides the exhibition at the IDB, from Dec. 7 to Dec. 11 the artists and the show’s curator, Cristina Vives, will take part in a series of events organized by other local organizations such as American University’s Katzen Arts Center and the Brookings Institution.

“Given the surging enthusiasm Cuban art is once again enjoying, I thought it’d be interesting to put together an inquiring and provocative exhibition, rather than a complacent one,” said Vives. “Through different media, these seven artists attempt to answer several questions, such as ‘where are we’ and ‘where are we going’,” she added.

Several individuals and organizations helped make this exhibition possible, including Amb. Paul L. Cejas of Miami, Fla., the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States, the Embassy of Norway in Cuba, and the team at Estudio Figueroa-Vives in Havana.

The IDB Art Gallery is located in downtown Washington, D.C. (1300 New York Ave, NW), just steps from the White House. The space is dedicated to promote creative and innovative art and ideas that address concerns related to development, integration, collaboration, and sustainability in Latin America and the Caribbean.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.