The Cuban Matrix

SUR:Biennial | Torrance Art Museum | TAM | Torrance, CA

September 9, 2017 – November 4, 2017

The Cuban Matrix

September 9, 2017 – November 4, 2017

This exhibition is an ambitious project featuring an in-depth look at contemporary Cuban artwork, with emphasis on digital media exchange culture. The focus of the exhibition is the offline digital “mercado” (marketplace) sharing culture that has arisen around the phenomenon of “El Paquete Semanal”: a weekly terabyte packet of entertainment, downloaded webpages and information that is carried into Cuba, shared and consumed throughout Cuban society.

The works that TAM will be hosting exist and were created in conditions tempered by limited access to the virtual information systems that most of the developed world takes for granted. The artists and their works are shaped by these limitations and the cultural responses that grew to meet them. While the high-speed, constantly available information stream that forms the hallmark of contemporary societies in the global north is not at this time available to the people of Cuba, “El Paquete Semanal” forms a unique and ingenious workaround. It is bought cheaply and distributed from hand to hand, shared and downloaded. Containing everything from entertainment to software to international news, “El Paquete” acts as an object that mediates Cuba and the rest of the world.

Curators: Maurizzio Hector Pineda, Benjamin W. Tippin, and Max Presneill

Exhibiting Artists: Ariamna Contino, Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera, Jorge Otero Escobar, Diana Fonseca, Luis Gomez, Alexander Hernandez, Tony Labat, Francisco Maso, and Esterio Segura.

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Admission: Free | Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm

Parking: Parking is free anywhere on the Civic Center campus. Torrance Art Museum is at the corner of Civic Center Drive and Cultural Arts Way. It is adjacent to the Fine Arts Wing of the Torrance Cultural Arts Center (TCAC) and across the street from the Torrance Police Department.

About SUR:biennial

The 4th SUR:biennial focuses around three core venues in Los Angeles: Torrance Art Museum, Rio Hondo College Art Gallery, and Cerritos College Art Gallery. The biennial showcases recent works of local and international artists who have been influenced by the cultures and artistic traditions of Mexico and Central and South America. Unlike many recent exhibitions of Latino/a, Mexican, Mexican-American, or Chicano/a art, the SUR:biennial seeks to explore notions of globalization and exchange that take place in the ambiguous geographical, cultural, and artistic borderlands between Los Angeles and “the South,” regardless of the artist’s nationality.

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Banner Image: Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera, On the Contrary, 2013. Object installation consisting of one oscillating fan in the corner of a room.