HAVANA._ Over one hundred artists from 44 countries will give free rein to their imagination at different venues in the Cuban capital during the 12th Biennial Art Exhibition from May 22 to June 22.

As always, the event will allow for exchanges of ideas among participants from different regions, and promote the work of artists who sometimes go unnoticed in their home countries, said Jorge Fernández, director of the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center.

 Over one hundred artists from 44 countries will give free rein to their imagination at different venues in the Cuban capital during the 12th Biennial Art Exhibition from May 22 to June 22.The biennial exhibition will be simultaneously held at different venues in Havana so that the artists may create art in relation to the place and urban context, said the organizer of Cuba’s most important visual arts event.

The main idea is to turn Havana into the world’s largest gallery for an entire month, he added.

Fernández expressed his satisfaction about the large number of European artists who have displayed their works in past editions, not with individualistic intentions but to fully engage in the biennial’s raison d’être.

“Between the Idea and Experience” is the main theme of this 2015 edition, reffering to the difference between people’s interpretations of art and the artist’s individual experience, the center’s director commented.

One of this edition’s main objectives is to present the process of making art in the 21st century, characterized by the interaction and collaboration among scientists, musicians, architects, dancers, and other professionals from different specialties.

In keeping with the contemporary artistic production, the biennial will try to link multiple fields of knowledge, workshops on curatorship and debates on architecture, and urban space, among other topics. will also be organised.

The upcoming event will provide a space for the development of academic projects and the presentation of research, thus encouraging debates and artistic developments.

“The city’s energy is important to us,” said Fernández. Movie-theaters, parks, plazas, museums, public buildings, street corners will host structures of different sizes intended to stimulate a dialogue between art and the surrounding environment.

Fernández also hopes that the works on display will raise questions about the urban places in which the art pieces are showcased.

According to the president of the National Plastic Arts Council, Rubén del Valle, the event should make art accessible to all audiences.

The largest exhibit on display will be Zona Franca (Duty-free Zone), at the Morro-Cabaña Cultural Center, while the Pabellón Cuba exhibition site will house the project Entre, Dentro, Fuera (Between, Inside, Outside), with the participation of artists from the United States, Bulgaria, Canada and Cuba.

Another attractive proposal will be Estado sólido (Solid State), a work made by a group of artists including Cuban filmmaker Fernando Pérez, winner of the 2007 National Film Award.

This project brings music and filmmaking together, in line with the interdisciplinary dialogue advocated by the event, del Valle said.

The number of artists who have so far confirmed their participation goes as follows: 11 from Latina America, 9 from the Caribbean, 3 from Asia, and another 11 from Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, the United States, Spain, and Austria.

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