Artwork

Black Ceiba / Elio Rodríguez

2010
Elio Rodríguez, Black Ceiba, 2010
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Identifier

IWC.2010.541

Materials

inflatable and soft sculpture, ceramic, plexiglass, and sewed and filled felt (inside and outside)

Description
In “Elio Rodríguez: Of Joint Ventures and Sexual Adventures,” Sujatha Fernándes, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens College, City University of New York, writes, “The Ceiba tree is sacred within Afro-Cuban religions. By presenting it in the form of a bulbous and protruding sculpture, sometimes even phallic, Rodríguez is reviving a sense of the bodily and physical presence of black Cuba. Given the trajectory of his Cuba-based body of work ranging from commentary on racial stereotypes to mixed marriages and sex tourism, it is not surprising that outside of
Cuba he would have more space to ponder the nature of blackness as a submerged and often maligned category of subjectivity.”
About the Artist
Elio Rodríguez graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte in 1989 and is curating this exhibition with Alejandro de la Fuente. Rodríguez is known for remaking film posters with black protagonists or leading men in the place of white film stars. He also creates soft sculptures such as Black Ceiba
October 15, 2010 - February 27, 2011
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