Hecho en Tránsito / Made in Transit is a project designed to foster intercultural dialogue between U.S. and Cuban artists primarily through the exchange and collaborative creation of artwork. The result is an experiment in visual dialogue sustained across time, place, cultural differences, and political transitions.
What happens when artists who come from such different worlds encounter one another through art? How does access to information and materials in the U.S. and the constraint and lack in Cuba affect making art? What does a dialogue look like without words?
The project, initiated by curator and artist Katarina Wong, is inspired by the Surrealist "exquisite corpse" game in which artists work on a single artwork. Four U.S. and four Cuban artists have been selected, from emerging to mid-career, and their work represents a variety of formal and conceptual interests. Starting in Fall 2015, Wong paired the artists and collected a piece of art from each of the them.
Over the next 12-18 months, the artist pairs transform each other’s work. Wong transports the pieces back and forth so that they are swapped four times over the course of the project, approximately every 3-4 months, resulting in exhibitions in Cuba and in the U.S. with accompanying programming, e.g., artist talks, panel discussions about the importance of cross-cultural dialogue, workshops that invite artists and/or viewers to collaborate on work together.
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