HAVANA._ More than one hundred artists from 44 countries have taken on the challenge posed by the 12th Art Biennale of Havana to give free rein to their imagination and transform urban spaces in the capital with their art.

More than one hundred artists from 44 countries have taken on the challenge posed by the 12th Art Biennale of Havana to give free rein to their imagination and transform urban spaces in the capital with their art.As usual, the Biennale allows artists from different regions to exchange viewpoints Havana, a and gives voice to those whose work is sometimes disregarded in their own countries, said the director of the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Jorge Fernández.

The organizer of Cuba’s most important visual arts events explained that the May 22-June 22 biennale will have no specific headquarters because it will be held in many places of the capital at the same time, so that the artists are able to create according to the place and the urban context.

The main idea is to turn Havana into the world’s largest gallery for one whole month, he commented.

Fernández expressed satisfaction for the amount of European artists that have participated in the latest editions, not with individual purposes but to fully engage in the biennial’s message.

The theme for this edition is Between Idea and Experience, “because the idea we have of art tends to be quite different from the artist’s true experience,” he noted.

One of the event’s main objectives is to show the creation processes in art, which are currently marked by cooperation. Hence, the biennale will involve scientists, musicians, architects, dancers, designers, photographers, and professionals from different specialties.

Cuba’s National Council of Performing Arts has organized a parallel program with such artistic manifestations as dance, music, theater, film and literature, based on their own semantic richness and the relations among them.

In keeping with contemporary creative processes in art, the biennale combines multiple fields of knowledge, including workshops on curatorship and meetings on architecture, city planning and other topics.

This edition provides a space for educative projects and the presentation of research works that allow participants and the community to reflect on arts.

“The city’s energy is important for us,” said Fernández, who invited the communities to participate in the projects and turn them into social spaces.

More than one hundred artists from 44 countries have taken on the challenge posed by the 12th Art Biennale of Havana to give free rein to their imagination and transform urban spaces in the capital with their art.Movie-theaters, parks, plazas, museums, buildings, corners will feature structures of different sizes as part of the event’s intention to foster a dialogue between art and the urban environment.

Fernández also hopes that the works on display generate questions about the places where they are created or erected.

According to the president of the National Plastic Arts Council, Rubén del Valle, the biennale should make art accessible to the most diverse viewers.

On display at the Morro-Cabaña Cultural Complex, the event’s largest exhibition is entitled “Zona Franca” (Duty-free Zone), while the Pabellón Cuba exhibition site will host the project “Entre, dentro, fuera” (Between, Inside, Outside), which involves artists from the United States, Bulgaria, Canada and Cuba.

Another attractive proposal will be “Estado sólido” (Solid State), a work done by a group of artists including Cuban filmmaker Fernando Pérez (2007 National Film Prize laureate).

In Habana Vieja (Old Havana), passers-by will be delighted to see how Brazilian artist Regina Silveira transforms some parking lots, while other artists enhance the scenery of the area, which is known as the Historical District.

Del Valle recalled that the Havana Biennale was born as an alternative to the Biennale of Venice, which was organized by countries according to purchasing powers.

The Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Cuba’s Photographic Library and the Visual Arts Development Center will once more be the main venues for the event, which is open to all Cubans alike.

The list of participants is completed with more than 20 Cuban artists, who bring new and experimental proposals.

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