iango Hernández was born in 1970 at Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, and now lives in Düsseldorf, after a cultural and professional education that took him from his home country and brought him for a few years to the Trentino, amongst other places. This exhibition is the world’s first retrospective to be dedicated to his work, and follows in the wake of the great international recognition he has received, including acquisitions by prestigious public collections such as the MoMA of New York, and his participation in the Venice Biennale of 2005, the São Paulo and Sydney Biennales of 2006, the Liverpool one of 2010 and, that same year, at the Triennale Kleinplastik in Fellbach.
One of the central themes in the artistic approach of Diango Hernández is a reflection on the traumatic and often incomplete transitions of Cuban society: the painful bequest of slavery, the contradictions of decolonisation and of the Castro revolution; the striving for a new “possible future” following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Another recurrent theme in these works concerns the personal sphere of the artist. Hernández works by “digging” into his past and his baggage of relations, which he combines and links up constantly with broader reflections about society and politics.
Look at the set of images on Flickr
The video of Undo.net about the exhibition
Curated by Yilmaz Dziewior