Jul 12  |  Sep 12, 2018

Dot Fiftyone Gallery is pleased to announce INSTANTS, a solo exhibition featuring recents works by Consuelo Castañeda. The exhibition opens on July 12 and remains on view through September 12, 2018. Occupying both of the gallery’s spaces, the exhibition features new paintings, photographies and a video animation work created by the artist specially for the exhibition.

Consuelo Castañeda, (Havana, Cuba, 1958), is a multi-disciplinary artist, professor and art critic based in Miami and Havana. Her work includes painting, installations, photography, graphic art, architecture, and print. She emerged in the Cuban avant-garde of the 1980s, helping catapult their cultural production onto the international stage and shifting the popular understanding of the relationship between art and politics in Cuba and in wider Latin America. Described by Joseph Kosuth as a post-postmodern artist, Consuelo Castañeda undoubtedly left her mark on the Cuban art of the 1980s, the so-called “prodigious decade.” During those years Castañeda was active on the Cuban art scene and at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), where she taught many students who are noted artists today, including Tania Bruguera, Tomás Esson, Glexis Novoa, Ciro Quintana, Ana Albertina Delgado, and Luis Gómez, among others. In fact, Castañeda taught an entire generation, which flourished at the end of the decade and whose members have largely chosen to live off the island, she was apivotal figure in Cuba until her emigration to Mexico, and then Miami, in the 1990s. Her work as a painter, photographer and multimedia installation artist has recently shifted to social media and digital format. Her focus is on creating interactive works that anyone with a modem and a computer can readily access. Castaneda received the Cinta Fellowship in 1997-1998 as an installation artist. The artist participated in the Havana Biennials in 1984, 1986, and 1991. In 2016, Castañeda returns to Cuba for her solo show “CCC2016” after an absence of almost three decades.