“LASA: 10 Years of Contextual Art in Cuba” at Wilfredo Lam CAC, 13 Havana Biennial

“If you were on an island… LASA: 10 Years of Contextual Art in Cuba”
Published by LASA: Laboratorio Artístico de San Agustín, Cuba
Coordinated by: Aurélie Sampeur
Edited by: Paz Ponce
Part of the project: LASA 10 CARNAVAL, produced by LASA and conceptualized by Candelario, Aurélie Sampeur, Club Real (Marianne Ramsay-Sonneck, Paz Ponce, Georg Reinhardt) and Jana Pacheco, with the participation of LASA team and residents of San Agustín, Cuba.
Presented at Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Arts Center  and San Agustín.
In the frame of 13 Havana Biennial

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Documentary of the project:


Publication launch & public program

Between May 10th-11th 2019, Club Real (Marianne Ramsay-Sonneck, Paz Ponce, Georg Reinhardt) in collaboration with cuban collective LASA and Spanish playwright Jana Pacheco presented a participatory and immersive performative installation LASA 10 CARNAVAL on the courtyard of Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, in the frame of the events commemorating the 10th Anniversary of LASA – Laboratorio Artístico de San Agustín (National Prize of Curatorship 2010).

LASA 10 Carnaval consisted of a highly allegorical performance borrowing elements from syncretic Carnival tradition and Russian avant-gard easthetics, where members of LASA community participated in a durational 1 on 1 installation to activate the different parts of a monograph of books on contextual art practices in Cuba with audience guests. Conceived as a collective “pagination act”, the book found several ways to generate dialogues in the space, departing from notions of expanded reading, performativity of the voice and ideas on agency and distributed authorship. The installation, where 250 artist copies of the multi media publication were distributed, could be accessed from 10 am to 1pm and at 5pm to 8pm in Havana Center, and it was followed by a concert and celebration in San Agustín on the 11th with the participation of singer and composer Raúl Paz and the release and screening of the documentary about LASA directed by Dayron Calvet: Voices in Transit.
* Read more about the concept here: http://www.clubreal.de/installation/lasa10carnival/

 


A collaborative multimedia publication project:

In 2017 the founders and directors of LASA, cuban artist Candelario and french curator Aurélie Sampeur, developed a concept to realize a multi media publication encompassing their history and inviting authors to contribute to the dissemination of contextual art practices in Cuba. The anniversary would culminate in a public presentation at the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center during the 13 Havanna Biennial: La Construcción de lo Posible.

The multi media publication “If you were on an island… Laboratorio Artístico de San Agustín (LASA): 10 Years of Contextual Art in Cuba”, self-published by LASA under the direction of Aurélie Sampeur and edited by Paz Ponce is a collaborative editorial venture composed by a biography, recalling the history of the art laboratory, a specialized publication on contextual art practices by several cuban and international authors, a catalogue of selected art projects facilitated by the art laboratory in San Agustín and a documentary short-film .

This publication series was conceptualized by editor Paz Ponce together with Aurélie Sampeur, director of LASA, during a residency stay at the Laboratorio Artístico de San Agustín in January 2018, kindly sponsored by LASA.

Titles under the collection “If you were on an island… Laboratorio Artístico de San Agustín (LASA): 10 Years of Contextual Art in Cuba”.
EAN : 9782956778233 ; ISBN : 978-2-9567782-3-3

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* The third shore. Collective biography. Laboratorio artístico de San Agustín.
Paz Ponce. Foreword by Michelangelo Pistoletto, introduction by Aurélie Sampeur.
Published in Spanish & English. Translation Olimpia Sigarroa Santamarina, revision by Michael Frank. Designed by Elizabeth Rodríguez Barroto and José Alejandro Pérez Benítez. Cover design by Giselle Moreno Calvo.
312 pages | Artist edition of 500 copies. Printed by Gráficas Selvi (Valencia, Spain)
EAN : 9782956778202 ; ISBN : 978-2-9567782-0-2

Read “The Third Shore” In English

Lee “La Tercera Orilla” en Español

* The energy of the context. Multiple reflections from San Agustín.
Prologue by Jorge Berlanga, presentation by Candelario, introduction by Paz Ponce and Aurélie Sampeur, notes and editing by Paz Ponce.
Published in Spanish & English. Translation Olimpia Sigarroa Santamarina, revision by Michael Frank. Designed by Elizabeth Rodríguez Barroto and José Alejandro Pérez Benítez. Cover design by Giselle Moreno Calvo.
404 pages | Artist edition of 300 copies. Printed by Gráficas Selvi (Valencia, Spain)
EAN : 9782956778219 ; ISBN : 978-2-9567782-1-9

Chapter 1: “Exploring the collaborative and contextual artistic practices in Cuba. Genealogies of micro-gestures in the Cuban space: a historic pulse.”
Crossed interview with specialists Jorge Fernández, Nelson Herrera Ysla, Dannys Montes de Oca and Magaly Espinosa (CU). Interview by Aurélie Sampeur (FR), conducted by Candelario (CU), and edited by Paz Ponce(ES)

Chapter 2: “LASA’S dual management model: art and business project. ”
By Beatriz Pérez (CU)

Chapter 3: “Rethinking strategies towards bringing art back to politics.”
By Magaly Espinosa (CU)

Chapter 4: “About the curatorial dynamics of LASA.” A conversation between Aurélie Sampeur (co-founder and curator of LASA) an Cora Hegewald (independent curator based in Berlin).
By Cora Hegewald (DE)

Chapter 5: “Art and the city. A meeting on the border.”
By Stefania Crobe (IT)

Chapter 6: “Situational Aesthetics. Chronicle of a visit to the Laboratorio Artístico de San Agustín.”
By Paloma Checa-Gismero (ES)

See the index of “The Energy of The Context”

* Catalogue of Artistic Actions in San Agustín 2008-2018.
Edited by Aurélie Sampeur and Paz Ponce. Texts by Paz Ponce. Translation Olimpia Sigarroa Santamarina, revision by Michael Frank. Designed by Giselle Moreno Calvo.
7 pages | Artist edition of 1000 copies. Printed by Gráficas Selvi (Valencia, Spain)
EAN : 9782956778219 ; ISBN : 978-2-9567782-1-9

* Voices in transit. Creating polyphonic spaces in San Agustín. 
Short film documentary directed by Dayron Calvet (LASA).
30′ (HD), available in USB format printed by Gráficas Selvi (Valencia, Spain) 

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Since November 2017 together with LASA, Club Real has been working in this project through several research and working stages, in order to devise the participatory methodology with the community of LASA in San Agustín leading to the performative presentation at Wifredo Lam, kindly supported by mobility funds of IFA – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen

Laboratorio Artistico de San AgustinClub Real

 

 

 


 

If you were on an island… Who would you meet?

A map of encounters hand-distributing the artist publication “If you were on an island… Laboratorio Artístico de San Agustín (LASA): 10 Years of Contextual Art in Cuba”

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List of institutions, spaces & researchers hosting the books’ art edition,

America

Europe

Asia

 

 

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