Artwork

Manual for the Reduction and Expansion of Heads / Alexis Esquivel

2010
Alexis Esquivel, Manual for the Reduction and Expansion of Heads, 2009
Identifier

IWC.2010.414

Materials

acrylic on canvas, 57.4" x 76.8"

About the Artist
Alexis Esquivel co-curated Queloides I and received his Masters in Art Education from Instituto Superior Pedagógico Enrique José Varona, Havana. Described by Cuban art critic Omar Pascual Castillo as “a nonconformist, a smart-mouth, an artist of disturbingly critical crudeness,” Esquivel uses painting, installation, performance, and video art to examine the relationship between power and race in society. His work can be divided into four stages: (1) Historical Portraits, (2) Hysterical Puns, (3) Remaking Maps, and (4) Creole Remix and Latest News from the Sugar Mill. This last series, begun in 2003, "explores the contrivances of a tropicalesque culture made for tourists, a pseudo-liberated culture that disguises the neocolonial" and includes works such as Smile you won!"
October 15, 2010 - February 27, 2011
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