Community Contemporary Arts Museum opens in Havana
Artists from Germany, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, France, Switzerland and the United States inaugurated MAC/SAN, an open contemporary arts museum at the Havana neighborhood of San Agustín.
During the 11th Arts Biennial in the Cuban capital which winds up on June 11th several and diverse artistic projects will be held throughout its public space, involving community members.
MAC/SAN intends to explore San Agustín and connect with people who live on that suburban area on the basis of three themes: arts, territory, patrimony and the environment.
Rooted in a conceptual approach, the open area will basically exhibit contextual arts in line with the community’s and the country’s specific circumstances and based on a mutating and multi-shaped quality, trying to establish a dialogue with people in several public and private sites of the community.
The current exhibition includes the performance-installation MAC/San TV, -a “self-employment” TV channel-, or BIOCUB-Food for artists – a series of functional sculptures that allow several fruit produced in the neighborhood to dry.
The idea of this unusual model of hybrid exhibition and creative museum open to public is the result of the collaboration between curator Aurélie Sampeur from France, Germany and Cuba, and artists Candelario from San Agustín, Cuba, Erik Göngrich from Germany and Stefan Shankland from France, Switzerland and the UK.
With no side walls or internal divisions, MAC/SAN has two extensive levels for the exhibition of installations, sculptures and other interactive works, as well as an area for the creative work of artists and visitors, who, surrounded by concrete structures without side walls put in danger the tradition concept of arts.