of Cuban Contemporary Art in London Features Pieces by Cuban
Apr 19 (acn) A large exhibition of Cuban contemporary art entitled
‘Mas alla del marco’ (Beyond the Frame), which includes pieces by
two of the five Cuban antiterrorists unjustly held in the U.S. since
1998, will be hosted by London’s Gallery 27 as of Monday, April 23,
until Saturday, April 28.
art exhibition, the largest collection of Cuban artists ever
the United Kingdom, will show the work of 26 renowned Cuban
artists and of
20 other international ones who have donated work to draw
attention to the
case of Guerrero, Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino,
Gonzalez —internationally known as the Cuban Five—, who were
the U.S. and given harsh and unjust sentences for monitoring
right-wing groups in South Florida that were planning and
terrorist actions against Cuba.
“The art itself is very surprising,” said Dodie Weppler, an
Cuban art who is coordinating the exhibition, which is sponsored
Cuba Solidarity Campaign in the UK. “There’s no socialist
all things you might not expect. Culture has always been a vital
in Cuba’s radical tradition, but the Revolution made possible a
experiment on a scale never before seen in the Americas,” she
The list of artists whose works will be exhibited include Alexis
(“Kcho”), Manuel Mendive, Eduardo Roca Salazar (“Choco”), Jose
Juan Roberto Diago.
Other artists, mainly UK-based, who have donated their work in
the show include John Keane, Mona Hatoum, Alasdair Gray, Derek
John Byrne, David Harding, the kennardphillipps collective, and
Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell.
“We called the exhibition ‘Beyond the Frame’ because it ruptured
traditional role of the frame as a boundary and acknowledged the
been ‘framed’ by the U.S. government,” Weppler pointed out.
“I didn’t know a great deal about the Five before,” said Keane,
war artist of the 1991 Gulf war. “But I believe in using art to
course of justice. If art can provide some sort of conscience,
preferable to merely being a currency for the super-rich,” he
For his part, Boshier, a British artist now based in Los
that he had made his first artwork connected to the island,
‘Situation in Cuba’, back in 1961: “It was a reaction to the Bay
(the failed U.S.-backed mercenary invasion).” His contribution
current exhibition is a 2011 reconstruction of that work.
After London, the exhibition will move to Glasgow, where it will
display at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and
on May 7-13.