Conference by Jorge Fernández Torres, Cuban art critic and curator

May 2, 2014

Montréal (Québec)

The Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec is pleased to welcome you to a conference by Jorge Fernández Torres, director of the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam and of the XI Havana Biennial (2012) in Cuba. His presentation on the contemporary art scene in Cuba, its issues, its development, and its main institutions, will take place on Friday, May 2nd at 5:30 PM, at Oboro, artist-run centre.

Jorge Fernández Torres is the first Cuban cultural worker to benefit from a networking residency in Montréal, as part of the Montréal – Havana exchange, organized since 2011 by the RCAAQ in partnership with the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Ludwig Foundation in Havana. This exchange allows Montréal artists to travel to Cuba for a four-week period, during which time they offer workshops to Cuban artists, with a primary focus on audiovisual and digital technologies. In return, Cuban artists or curators travel to Montréal to offer the local community an opportunity to discuss and reflect on our respective cultures and artistic practices. In the spring of 2012, Frédéric Lavoie inaugurated this new exchange program, followed by Allison Moore in the fall of 2012, and by Belinda Campbell in November 2013.
The Montréal – Havana exchange facilitates the circulation of individuals, ideas and knowledge, not only in established circles, but particularly in developing ones. These residencies allow artists and curators to immerse themselves in a new space of creation and reflection, different from their own, and to engage in activities where the visual and media arts meet with the goal of encouraging partnerships and long-term projects. This endeavour seeks to facilitate access to expertise and to investigate new artistic ground in Cuba and in Montréal.
biographie — Jorge Antonio Fernández Torres (b. Havana, Cuba, 1965) is an art critic and the director of the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam in Havana, Cuba. His most recent curatorial project is the Cuban Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, “The Encyclopedic Palace.” Fernández Torres has curated and authored catalogs for numerous exhibitions in Cuba, Latin America and Spain. He has a Bachelor in Art History from the University of Havana and currently serves as professor of contemporary art at the Higher Institute of Arts and lectures internationally.
 summary            Conference by Jorge Fernández Torres
                                   Friday May 2nd at 5:30 PM
                                   At Oboro, Studio 01, 2nd floor
                                   4001, Berri Street, Montreal QC H2L 4H2
           Please note that the presentation will be followed by a cocktail reception.
The RCAAQ represents 68 artist-run centers dedicated to the production and dissemination of contemporary art. Its aim is to increase the reach of its members and to support Quebec organizations devoted to the promotion of the visual arts, media arts and interdisciplinary arts. The RCAAQ’s online portal, Réseau Art Actuel, publishes a weekly newsletter containing news and a list of upcoming events organized by artist-run centers as well as museums, university galleries, galleries, magazines and other organizations dedicated to the dissemination of contemporary art.


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