Hamlet Lavastida


Hamlet Lavastida


Prophylactic Life

Curator: Janet Batet


Hamlet Lavastida’s sophisticated artistic proposal focuses on the field of history, ideology and collective memory. The artist is interested in the diagnosis and the reconstruction of a particular iconographic memory associated with the ideological notion of "prophylaxis" wielded by the Cuban Revolution of 1959 as an indoctrination tool aimed at the conversion of the individual in the long awaited archetype of the “New Man”.


By the term "prophylactic work" is known in Cuba the ideological prevention, and educational guidance designed to ensure the full integration of the individual into the realm of the Socialist construction project.


Circumscribed to the period 1960-1990, this body of work, a sort of post structuralism scrutiny, centers on the review of official documents and images directly associated with the imagery of prevention, orientation, and coercion.


The logic behind the representation in Cuba during this period is heir to Constructivist aesthetic that, taken over by the Soviet Revolution as a major ideological weapon, has its epitome in the propaganda poster.

Tackled from the Post-communist era, these cutting-edge anthropological works dig into an obsolete yet fascinating aesthetic for many idealized from nostalgia and others entirely strange.


Hamlet Lavastida (La Habana, 1983) graduated from the Superior Institute of Art (Havana, 2009). He has received the following residences A-I-R Laboratory, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland (2012); Residencia PERRO Aglutinador-Laboratorio, Havana, Cuba (2008), and El estado somos nosotros. Tejadillo #214 Studio, Havana, Cuba (2006).


His work has been exhibited at the Center of Contemporary Art Łaźnia, Gdańsk, Poland; Links Hall, Chicago, US; The 8th Floor, New York, US; Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba, and Pontevedra Museum, Galicia, Spain; Gallery Gentil Carioca, Rio do Janeiro, Brazil, and Nippon International Performance Art Festiva',Tokyo, Kawagushi, Moriya, Nagano, Japan; among others.


Currently, his work is part of the exhibition Iconocracia. Imagen del poder y poder de las imágenes en la fotografía cubana contemporánea, at ARTIUM, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. 

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