Cuban Art V: Adios Utopia!

Lecture five will look at the way in which the fall of Berlin Wall and the start of the Periodo Especial affected Cuban Art. It will focus on artists that were producing work in the 1990s and early 2000s. Many artists were either censored or fled the island as a result of economic instability caused by the fall of the Soviet Union. This lecture will focus on artists who continued to produce during this period of adversity and the way they focused on either political criticism or themes of migration. The lecture will look at the works of Sandra Ramos, José Toirac, Los Carpinteros, Kcho and Abel Barroso.

This is the fifth talk of Cuban Art series (5 classes in total) which is designed as an exciting journey through the history of art of the region. We encourage you to take the advantage of the whole package and book ‘Cuban Art Course’ ticket at a discount rate (video recordings from previous talks are included).

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Jasmine Chohan
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Jasmine Chohan is an Associate Lecturer and a final-year PhD student at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She specialises in Contemporary Cuban Art, Global Biennials, Contemporary Asian Art and Contemporary British Diaspora Art. Having first studied Cuban art at the San Alejandro School of Fine Arts in Havana, Jasmine later completed a course in Art History at the University of Havana in 2015. She continued her work in Cuba by working as an artistic producer and translator for the 12th Havana Biennial.

More recently, Jasmine has been researching the history of British Diaspora artists. She has been collaborating with groups such as the 1989 Collective and the Brilliant Club’s Scholars Programme to reach out to secondary schools in outer London boroughs to ensure the dissemination of this pertinent history to the next generation. To reinforce this work, Jasmine has recently collaborated with the Arts Cabinet to write the introduction to their upcoming publication on Art and Migration.

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