Since its inception in 1984, the Havana Biennial has been the most important art event to take place in Cuba. Taking place every three years, the 13th edition of the Bienal de la Habana will be staged on October 5th 2018.
The Havana Biennial is the most important cultural event that takes place in Cuba. Staged every three years, the Biennial serves as a thermometer, testing the temperatures of the contemporary art world. The Biennial, since its inception in 1984, has had a historical focus on, what is now called, the “Global South” originally titled the “Third World”. Since 1991 the event has been open to the Northern Hemisphere and has become truly globalised in recent editions.
Biennial themes have explored a wide range of topics, from post-colonial states to the way technology has impacted the way we communicate. The Centro Wifredo Lam is currently working on the theoretical framework which will define the 13th Havana Biennial. For now, previous meetings and presentations have signalled that the Centro Wifredo Lam will be analysing and attempting to reinvent the Biennial model itself, the title possibly being “A Model Under Permanent Construction”. Director Dannys Montes de Oca has expressed a desire to invert the focus of the Biennial and analyse itself instead of the world. Dannys explains that the decentralisation of the event and the role of the curator is key to the 2018 concept and seeks to make the Biennial structure a more horizontally functioning institution.
The Centro Wifredo Lam will be using social media and the world wide web to unearth emerging artists and provide them with a platform to display their works. Simultaneously the Centro Wifredo Lam will work widely with curators across the world to tap into untouched art movements.
The event will, tentatively, take place from the 5th of October 2018 to the 5th of November. The dates in themselves have not been finalised but these are the dates being worked towards.
Cubartours will be organising a week long specialised tour for the 13th Havana Biennial. The unique tour will include entrance to all exclusive Biennial events, opportunities to privately visit Cuban artists, attendance to conferences and talks, guided tours by members of the Centro Wifredo Lam and a host of special activities available to our clients alone. The entire experience will be overseen by our very own Jasmine Chohan who is studying a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art focused on the Havana Biennial. To ensure you have a place on this once in a lifetime trip, please register your name in advance by emailing email@example.com.
please note: Lunch costs are not included in the tour price.
Jasmine Chohan, a BA and MA graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art, has specialised in Cuban art for over 7 years. She is currently a PhD candidate with Professor Julian Stallabrass at the Courtauld, focusing on Cuban contemporary art.
Having studied Fine Art at the San Alejandro Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes and Art History at the University of Havana, Jasmine has both a traditional academic grounding and an understanding of Cuban art history from a Cuban perspective. Jasmine has worked on Cuban exhibitions and with Cuban art representatives in London, as well as working in Cuba with individual artists and institutions such as the Centro Wifredo Lam on occasion of the 12th Havana Biennial. As a result Jasmine is well versed and integrated into the international Cuban art scene.
Jasmine will guide the participants in the tours around Havana and the main museums, galleries and art spaces. Jasmine is fluent in Spanish and English. Together with her, Cubartours Art Tour organizes art consultants such as Yudinela Ortega and Camila López
Yudinela Ortega, graduated in Art History from the Faculty of Arts and Literature of Universidad de La Habana in 2013. In addition to being an Art Consultant at Cuba Art Tours, she is currently Commercial Director of the Villa Manuela Gallery of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).
She has previously worked as a Specialist in Visual Arts at Factoría Habana, Center for Experimentation of Contemporary Art at the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana. She simultaneously worked as Director of Sales and Commercial Management for OnCuba Magazine. She is a curator and art critic. Her texts can be consulted in specialized publications such as: Artecubano Magazine, Revolucion y Cultura Magazine, Tabloide Artecubano News, Puerto Rico and Caribbean Plastic Arts Magazine, Opus Habana, Havana Cultural, Habana Patrimonial and in the Digital Bulletins of the Center of Contemporary Art Wifredo Lam.
She has curated the exhibitions: What is your need? Collateral Exhibition of the XII Biennial of Havana, Arsenal Study, Havana (2015), The Left sentence in the Gallery Rubén Martínez Villena, of the Office of the Historian of Havana (2015). Non Places, collective exhibition of photography, about November Photographic in Gallery Villa Manuela of UNEAC (2016), Fragmentations, Personal Sample of Esteban Leyva in Villa Manuela Gallery of UNEAC (2017)
Yudinela works as an Art Consultant at Cubartours.
Camila López Rodríguez, having graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in Art History in 2015, is a young professor at the Faculty of Arts and Literature at the University of Havana, as well as an Art Consultant for Cubartours. Focused on art studies, she has taught courses on Appreciation and History of Music and Cuban Music in the University, as well as having shared teaching opportunities in subjects such as Contemporary Universal Art and Cuban Art.
Her experience ranges from Student Assistant at the Faculty of Arts and Literature, (University of Havana) to Professor of the Department of Art History. She has also worked on book presentations, catalogues and other publications. She has been a participant in the Staff Organizers of some events such as the presentation of the book The Inevitable Space Alexandre Arrechea (Jaca), of Cristina Vives at the National Museum of Fine Arts. She has also written for some of the platforms of Cuban contemporary art and has worked with them. She has received various art courses taught by Cuban and foreign teachers as well as text editing.
In her work as an art history teacher, she has lectured at the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) as well as having taught a group of Austrian students at Multicine Infanta. Camila is a member of LASA (Latin American Studies Association) and participated in New York with a lecture at the 50th Anniversary Congress of this association. She is constantly updated and immersed in the Cuban art scene and has a theoretical and practical knowledge of what happens both with the already consecrated Cuban art and with the new emerging generations. Camila works as an Art Consultant with Cubartours.
Samuel Puentes is a young architect graduated in 2015 from the Institute Jose Antonio Echeverria. He has been involved in diverse projects that go from remodel spaces to conceive new spaces in the city. He collaborated with the Architect Kiovet Sanchez in the project of the Hostal Santa Clara in Old Havana, and inside the project Arte y Corte he had the opportunity to restructure the school Jinete Chullima for children who live in the oldest municipality of Havana. During 2015 he worked as a professor in the Summer Workshop at Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC). Puentes wrote the article “Boxing Cuba. From the Backyards to Word Championship” for the German magazine Hirmer Verlag. In 2016 with a group of young architects created Studio Abierto, dedicated to the development of investigations, national and international contests, social and private projects. Samuel have been teaching the history of architecture from its must diverse point of views always related with the history of Cuba.
The tour was incredible -the most enjoyable thing I did in Havana. The artists you guys chose were so interesting and it was nice to see the broad spectrum of art in Cuba. I'm so happy I booked this, all the girls were so friendly and knowledgeable.
Jasmine curated one of the most incredible arts experiences we've had. Anyone who is a genuine art lover and interested in connecting with the source of these works should go on a tour. It is truly an elevated experience--5 stars all around!
The tour was insightful and interesting. We had the rare experience to see works of art up close and personal, as well as the chance to discuss those works with the artists themselves. An experience I never would have had if it were not for this tour.