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Carlos Estévez - Statement
Carlos Estévez Written down by Pat Binder and Gerhard Haupt, based on an interview with the artist.  + zoom in
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This work is part of a larger project called "The City and the Existence." It is a series of works that deal with spaces and the people who inhabit them, and how they create and change each other. These works refer to very specific places, however they become metaphors of a universal dimension.

The work that I am showing in the Biennial is an homage to Havana's Malecón (the street at the shoreline) which is turning one hundred years old next year (2001). The Malecón is a very important place, because we live surrounded by the ocean and many Cubans do not have the possibility to travel, to leave the island. For the Cuban people it is an obsession to find out how the world looks.

The work is an attempt to go beyond the spiritual limits of man in a metaphorical sense. Each of the drawings is a kind of encyclopedia in that it deals with diverse human themes. After the exhibition ends, the drawings will be placed in their bottles and thrown into the ocean. I am quite fascinated by the thought that, in this way, another human being will find my work and establish a connection across the ocean.

(Translated from the German version by Rebeccah Blum)

© Interview, translation, photos:
Gerhard Haupt & Pat Binder,
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