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Cuba, quo vadis?

An international dialogue on art and culture of the Caribbean state


As part of the exhibition Art x Cuba. Contemporary Perspectives since 1989, the Ludwig Forum for International Art organizes the two-day conference Cuba, quo vadis? in which the exhibition’s artistic dialogue is expanded through discursive forums and discussion rounds with international guests on a theoretical level. Various relevant topics and aspects of Cuban art and culture, but also socio-political challenges and influences of state cultural policy are discussed. The spectrum of topics ranges from questions on current artistic tendencies and practices, art in public space, state-contracted art, artistic education in Cuba, the economic situation of Cuban artists, integration into the international art market, to socio-political aspects such as censorship and freedom of expression.

Fri, 26 January and Sat, 27 January 2018
Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst
Jülicher Str. 97-109,52070 Aachen, Germany

The conference will be held in English and German. Participation is free of charge for all those interested (only admission to the museum is required).
Registration is requested: E492Pra1@mail.aachen.de



Friday 26 January 2018

09:30 h
Get-Together / Coffee

10:00 h
Welcome, Andreas Beitin (Director Ludwig Forum Aachen/D)

10:30 h
Peter und Irene Ludwigs Kulturelles Engagement auf Kuba (German), Brigitte Franzen, Aachen/D (Chairwoman Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation)

11:00 h
Beginn der kubanischen Kunst in Deutschland (German), Wolfgang Becker, Aachen/D (former Director Ludwig Forum Aachen) und Jürgen Harten, Berlin/D (former Director Kunsthalle Düsseldorf), moderation: Andreas Beitin

12:00 h
Coffee break

12:15 h
(Havana Biennial), n.n.

12:45 h
Art and Education at ISA (Universidad de las Artes de Cuba) (AT) (Spanish, with translation into German), Ruslán Torres Leyva Havanna/CUB (ISA, Universidad de las Artes de Cuba)

13:15 h
Lunch break / exhibition Kunst x Kuba

14:30 h
Art and Anthropology. Methods and Practices in Cuban                                               Contemporary Art, Celia Gonzáles Álvarez, Havana/CUB (Artist)

15:00 h
Artistic-Pedagogic Projects and Pratices in Contemporary Cuban Art, Danné Ojeda Hernandez, Singapore (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

15:30 h
Coffee break

16:00 h
Contemporary Cuban Photography, Iliana Cepero, New York City/ USA (Tisch School of the Arts)

16:30 h
Identity and Afrocuban Culture, Roberto Zurbano, Havana/CUB

17:00 h
Final discussion
Celia Gonzáles Álvarez, Danné Ojeda Hernandez, Iliana Cepero, Roberto Zurbano; moderation: Janice Mitchell

18:00 h
Performance Adriana Delahante Matienzo, ISL/CUB

19:00 h
End of the first day of the conference


Saturday 27 January 2018

09:30 h
Get-together / coffee

10:00 h
Intertextualities and Alterities: Broken Hyphens Between Western Culture and Contemporary Cuban Art, Rubén de la Nuez, Singapore (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

10:30 h
What Makes the Difference? Cuban Artists and Cuban Artists Living Abroad, Juana Valdes, Florida/USA (Artist, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

11:00 h
Networks, Nation and the Social Imagery in Contemporary Cuban Art, Amy McDonnell, London/UK (Chelsea College of Arts)

11:30 h
Discussion, moderation: Denise Petzold

11:45 h
Coffee break

12:00 h
Freedom of Expression. Censorship in Contemporary Art, Miriam La Rosa, London/UK (Curator)

12:30 h
Women Artists Visibility in/from Cuba, Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo, Havana/CUB (Artist)

13:00 h
Discussion, moderation: Janice Mitchell

13:15 h
Lunch break

14:30 h
Cuban Postsocialist Art and Public Space, Paloma Duong, Boston/USA (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

15:00 h
New Media Art, Music, and Literature in Cuba, Lizabel Mónica Villares Plasencia, New Jersey/USA (Princeton University)

15:30 h
Coffee break

16:00 h
Irony, Satire and Parody in Cuban Art during the Special Period, Stephen Wilkinson, London/UK (International Institute for the Study of Cuba)

16:30 h
„Es lo que que hay.“ Armut und Kunst bzw. Materialbeschaffung und Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten (English), Lina Tegtmeyer, Berlin/D (Freie Universität)

17:00 h
Final discussion, moderation: Andreas Beitin

17:30 h
End of conference


Jülicher Straße 97-109
52070 Aachen
Tel. +49 241 1807-104
Fax +49 241 1807-101


Opening hours

Tue–Sun 10 am–5 pm
Thu 10 am–8 pm
Mon closed

Library: Tue–Fri 1 pm–5 pm

Closed: 24.12., 25.12., 31.12., 01.01.,
During Carnival Thu & Sun


Admission(Art x Cuba/ 08.09.17–18.02.18)
Adults 10 €
Reduced 6 €
Groups starting from 8 persons 6 €/pers.
„Six for Six“-Ticket 14 € (reduced 10 €)
„Auf ins Museum“-Ticket 12 €
Everyone under 21 years of age: Free Admission!

From now on:
Zentis-Day: Every Thursday free Admission!