Three lives account for an equal number of walls in a peculiar vision that connects migrations and travels with culture. This is the case of ‘Travels’, an exhibition that Irish Padraig Tarrant has on display at Havana’s Center for the Development of Visual Arts, open to the public from March to April.
Inspired by metro trips, especially those in London and New York, ‘Travels’ reproduces the trips made by the artist, and also those made by the Argentinean-Cuban revolutionary fighter Ernesto Che Guevara and the Irish Republican Eamon de Valera. The aim of the exhibition is to explain the influence that trips have on individuals and the people around them.
Each itinerary and route entails a different color, some of them linear and others rather oblique, going through previous destinations and covering different itineraries.
Padraig Tarrant explained that Havana appears in each of the murals or panels as a common destination for all three travelers.
In addition, both De Valera and Che Guevara designed their itineraries driven by rebellion and the revolution, which significantly influenced the intellectual development of the two of them.
“What I would like to do with this work is to show how trips can influence culture, from a positive point of view and how, for different reasons, some people flood the places where they live with their culture,” said Tarrant.
For instance, De Valera’s map covers the places and cities that he visited in the U.S. and where he collected funds to establish the Irish nation. Meanwhile, the Che Guevara section features a yellow line that indicates his Latin American tour by motorcycle.
Tarrant also included several texts within the maps that give no room for abnormal decodifications, even when the maps provide spectators with itine raries for them to design their own trips.
With ‘Travels’ the author resorts to graphic installation as one of the most recurrent means and formats in his work, where urban dynamics and nature come together.Share on FB Share on TT