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Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1984. She currently lives and works in Havana. 

Her work focuses on the body, gender, race and social issues. The artist suffered some family situations that stimulated her interest in the reality of women around the world, as well as the different forms of discrimination against them. These concerns led to a single objective: to work on the basis of physical violence against Cuban women and the scarce information that exists on this phenomenon. In this investigation, she had to look for formal methods to provide solutions to the works, such as constructing photographic scenes from her memories, which resulted in a formal and conceptual device for other works. 

In the work process, she began to show an interest in death, obtaining from it several symbolic readings and not considering it as a rupture. To this is added her interest in the physical history and process of the body, as well as the public, as an active participant in her work. 

One element that connects all her artistic production is her concern with representing what is real and what is supposed to be real. There are realities that are hidden by specific tools created by society to interrupt its knowledge, so the artist uses art as a tool that proposes ways to access its essence. 

Susana Pilar studied at the José Antonio Díaz Peláez Elementary School, San Alejandro Academy and graduated in 2008 from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba. From 2011 to 2013, she completed postgraduate studies at the HfG | University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany, with funding from the DAAD. 

She obtained the residency for artists and awards: CAD+SR RESEARCH in Italy and Kenya (2019-2020); CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Award, Miami, USA (2019); AIR of Fondazione Macc, Calasetta, Italy; AIR at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria (2017); El Reino de este mundo Scholarship, Asociación Hermanos Saíz, Havana, Cuba, (2016); AIR Dance Hall Fire Hall, Calgary, Canada (2016); AIR Skövde, Skövde, Sweden (2016); Apexart Fellowship, New York, USA (2016); Maretti Award (shared) (2014); MAP Residency at ARTEZ, Enschede, Netherlands, (2010-2011); Villa Waldberta in Munich, Germany (2010); Art Centre Darling Foundry in Montreal, Canada (2009); Intermediae-Minbak, Matadero Madrid, Spain (2007)

Her work has been exhibited in the following biennials and international art events: 14 Dakar Biennial, Senegal (2020); Lubumbashi Biennial, Democratic Republic of Congo (2019); 12th and 13th Havana Biennial (2015, 2019); 13 Biennial of Media Arts, Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo Cerrillos, Santiago de Chile (2017); New Talents Biennale 2016, Cologne, Germany; Cuban Pavilion at the Venice Biennial (2015); International Biennale of Contemporary Art (BIAC), Martinique (2013); IV Bienal deformes de performance, Chile (2012); III Biennale Arts Actuels Réunion, Reunion Island, France (2011); International Photography Exhibition, World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures, Dakar, Senegal (2010); 7th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2008). 

Amongst her main solo shows, we mention: Body Present, KIOSK, Gent, Belgium (2019); Jardinera, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France (2018); Dibujo intercontinental, Galleria Continua, Havana (2017); Un chino de paso por Venecia, ICI, Venice, Italy (2017); Bala perdida, Galería Villa Manuela, Havana, Cuba (2017);  Reclaiming meaning, Skövde Art Museum, Sweden (2016); Tropiques hèritage, André Arsenec Gallery, Tropiques Atrium, Fort de France, Martinique (2015); Sleeper, NAOS gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany (2012); Fiebre cerebral, Villa de Bank Gallery, Enschede, Netherlands (2011).

Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Museo del Barrio, as part of the CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Award; Smart Museum, Chicago; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, USA; Opelvillen Riisselsheim Art and Culture Foundation, Germany; New Museum of African Civilizations, Dakar, Senegal; Fundación Minera Escondida, Antofagasta, Chile; Galleria Continua, Havana, France, Italy; Fotomuseo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City; Alabama Contemporary Art Center, USA; Goodman Gallery, Kapstadt, South Africa; Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, Austria; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Extra Muros exhibition, curated by M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Mechelen, Belgium; ZKM / Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; among others.

Study and Teaching

2011-2013

Postgraduate Course in New Media, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), scholarship DAAD, Germany

2003-2008

Licenciatura en Artes Plásticas. Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), La Habana, Cuba

1999-2003

Graduada de la Academia de Bellas Artes “San Alejandro”, La Habana, Cuba

1998-1999

Estudios en la Escuela Elemental de Artes Visuales “José Antonio Díaz Pelaez”, La Habana. Cuba.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019

Body Present, KIOSK, Gent, Belgium

2018

Jardinera, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France

2017

Dibujo intercontinental, Galleria Continua Habana, Havana, Cuba

Un chino de paso por Venecia, camino a Cuba, ICI VENICE, Venice, Italy.    

Bala perdidaGalería Villa Manuela, La Habana, Cuba.

2016

Reclaiming meaning, Museum of art of Skövde, Sweden

2015

Tropiques héritageGalerie André Arsenec, Fort de France, Martinica

2014

Dominadora inmaterialZalle Zèro, Alianza Francesa de La Habana, Cuba

2012

SchläferNAOS galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany

2011

Fiebre cerebralGalería Villa de Bank, Enschede, Holland

2010

Llave maestra_Master key, Curated by Andres Abreu, Zalle Cero, Havana, Cuba. 

2008

Manida obsesión, Luz y Oficios Gallery, La Havana, Cuba.

Obturación póstuma, Casa del estudiante de Medicina, La Havana, Cuba.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

Resilience and Resistance in African Diaspora, New Museum of AfricanCivilizations, Dakar, Senegal

AKAA - Also Known As Africa Art Fair, Paris, France

Herencia, Saco 7 (Contemporary Art Festival),  Foundation Minera escondida,  Antofagasta, Chile

INTERCAMBIO: A Conversation Between Two Trains, BLINDSIDE, Melbourne, Australia

Diamante en bruto,  Galleria Continua, Havana, Cuba

Cross currents, Smart Museum in partnership with National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, USA

Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, USA

13 Havana Biennale, Cuba.

2018

Altered States Opening, Kunsthalle Exnegrasse, Vienna, Austria

Inauguration of New Museum of African Civilizations, Dakar, Africa

EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium

Ola Cuba!, Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, France

Diamante en bruto, Galleria Continua Habana, Havana, Cuba

INTERCAMBIO: A Conversation Between Two Trains, BLINDSIDE, Melbourne, Australia

Cross currents, Smart Museum in partnership with National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, US

Resilience and Resistance in African Diaspora, New Museum of African Civilizations, Dakar, Senegal

AKAA - Also Known As Africa Art Fair, Paris, France

Herencia, Saco 7 (Contemporary Art Festival),  Foundation Minera escondida,  Antofagasta, Chile

2017

Cuba mi amor, Galleria Continua Les Moulins, Paris, France

¿soy Cuba? , Palazzina Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan, Italy

Dobleplay, Fotografía cubana, 1990-2017, Fotomuseo de Cuatro Caminos,  México City

Kunst x Kuba, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany

Back to Havana, Alabama Contemporary Art Center, EUA

Übersee: Kuba und die Bahamas, HALLE 14, Leipzig, Germany

Disembodied panopticum (shifting metaphor), ROSPHOTO Centre, San Petersburg, Russia

Archivo XX, Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba 

2016

Nido sin árbol, UNAICC, La Havana, Cuba.

Cuba. Tatuare la storia, PAC/ZAC, Milano/Palermo, Italy.

Touch the reality, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, Austria.

Sabor metálico, Villa Manuela gallery, Havana.

New Talents Biennale 2016, Cologne, Germany.

Kuba libre, Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany.

Señales de Cuba: propuestas femeninas, European Parlament, UNESCO, Paris, France /

Antwerp, Belgium.

Intersecciones: Havana-Portland, Oregon, US.

2015

Anclados en el territorio, Galleria Continua, La Havana, Cuba

Inversion: ART PRESENT project, Sometimes Art Space, Havana, Cuba

WONDER, Travelling Exhibition project curated by FemLink

Intimate transgressions, White Box, New York, USA

Between, inside, outside, 12 Havana Biennale, Cuba

ARSENAL, Collateral to the 12 Havana Biennale

Strictly personal, Spanish embassy, Collateral to the 12 Havana Biennale

El artista entre la individualidad y el contexto, Cuban Pavillion, 56 Venice Biennale, Italy

2014

Variaciones contempladas en silencio, Museum of Cuban Art, Havana City, Cuba

Las otras narraciones, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo ¨Wifredo Lam¨, La Habana, Cuba.

Salón de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo, Centro de Desarrollo de Arte Visuales, La Habana, Cuba

Y sucedió por fin, galería HABANA, Cuba

4:20, comida interactiva en ¨Esto no es un café¨, La Habana, Cuba

Artistas en Residencia Junio 2014, Bundeskanzleramtes am Concordiaplatz, Vienna, Austria

2013

Arte cubano. Voces y poéticas femeninas (1990-2013), Cara and Cabezas, Contemporary Gallery, San Franciso, US.

International Biennale of Contemporary Art (BIAC), Martinique

Cuban virtualities, Tufts University, Boston, USA

Biografía Dilatada, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2012

Pararell lines, NAOS gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany

Video Guerrilha, Brazil

IV Bienal deformes de performance, Chile

Prome encuentro Bienal Arte Contemporaneo di Caribe, Aruba

Circular Motion: Subverting Circumscription Video Installations by Contemporary Cuban

Artists, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Sommerloch, HfG Karlsruhe, Germany

11 Havana Biennale, Cuba

2011

50 in the 50, Acacia gallery, La Havana, Cuba.

III Biennale Arts Actuels Réunion, Reunion Island, France

Altas Presiones, 23 y 12 gallery, La Havana, Cuba

Torbellino II_Whirlwind II, Curated by Dannys Montes de Oca, HABANA gallery, La Habana,

Cuba

Again and Again, Curated by Adrian Paci, Galleria La Veronica arte contemporánea, Modica,

Italy

2010

Black and White, Wolfart Projectspaces, Rotterdam, Holland.

Images, Imageries, Imaginaires: International Photography Exhibition, Curated by Dominique Fontaine, World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures, Dakar, Senegal.

El extremo de la bala: una decada de arte cubano_ The extreme of the bullet: a decade of

cuban art, Pabellon Cuba

Torbellino_Whirlwind, Curated by Dannys Montes de Oca, Parroquia Santísima Trinidad,

Santiago de Cuba

Sujeto omitido Omitted subject, Cátedra Humboldt, La Havana, Cuba

European Book Art Biennale_ 1 edition, Art Museum Satu-Mare, Romania

SUPERNORMAL, Braziers Park, England

Satellite 2010, curated by White Box LIC, Experimental Gallery, Juvenal Reis Art Studios and Residencies, Long Island City, New York, USA

Van Gogh Boat, Villena Gallery, UNEAC, La Havana, Cuba

2009

Maybe Dick II: The Second Youtube Film Festival, Studio Béluga, Montreal, Canada.

Art-Mortem: La muerte en el arte contemporáneo cubano, Casa Benito Juarez, La Havana,

Cuba.

Medium Religion, Model Art and Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland.

Estado de excepción (X Bienal de La Habana), Curated by Tania Brugueras, HABANA

gallery, Cuba

All that is solid melts into air: Extra Muros exhibition, Curated by MHKA Museum of

Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Mechelen, Belgium.

Simulacros (colateral to the X Bienal de La Habana), Villena Gallery, UNEAC, La Havana,

Cuba

Inventario 38_Inventory 38, Fundación Ludwing, La Havana, Cuba

2008

Medium Religion, Curated by Boris Groys and Peter Weibel, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

Luz a tu química_Light to your chemistry, Institute of Art (ISA), La Havana, Cuba

7ma Gwangju Biennale, South Korea.

Le Fresnoy/ Habana Remix, Museo de Arte Cubano, La Havana, Cuba

2007

Theater of Cruelty, Curated by Juan Puntes and Raul Zamudio, White Box, New York, USA

Ni a favor ni en contra, todo lo contrario, Artes y Letras Faculty, La Havana, Cuba

2006

Rewritable, Tania Bruguera’s house, La Havana, Cuba

9na in the Carpentry, High Institute of Art, La Havana, Cuba

Pendiente_Pendant, GRANMA’s newspaper, La Havana, Cuba

2005

Vistas_Views, 10 de Octubre gallery, La Havana, Cuba

Public Posters at Romerías de Mayo, Holguin, Cuba

2002

Intimidades_Intimacy, Bathrooms of San Alejandro academy, La Havana, Cuba

El rostro y la mascara_The face and the Mask, Fayad Jamis gallery, La Havana, Cuba

184 Aniversary of San Alejandro, San Alejandro Academy, La Havana, Cuba

2001

Académica 2001, San Alejandro academy, La Havana, Cuba

105 Aniversary of Amelia Peláez’s Birthday, Amelia Peláez gallery, La Havana, Cuba

2000

Braceando hacia la superficie_Swimming to the surface, Public Library Enrique José Varona, La Havana, Cuba

Summer Exhibition, Boyeros’s gallery, La Havana, Cuba

Awards

Fine Arts Academy residency, Wien, Austria

(Uncompleted), MACRO Museum residency, Rome, Italy

El Reino de este mundo residency, AHS, Havana, Cuba

Air Skövde, Skövde, Sweden

Apexart fellowship, New York, New York

Maretti Prize, Havana, Cuba

Kultur Kontakt AIR, Wien, Austria

Stiftung Künstledorf Schöppingen Residency, Germany

Ecole Supérieure d’Art de la Reunión vinculada with la Bienal de Artes Actuales residency, Isla de la Reunión, France

MAP Residency in ArtEZ-AKI, in co-organization with Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes artistes and TransArtists, Enschede, Holland

Villa Waldberta Residency, Munich, Germany

(Uncompleted) WIELS Residency, Brussels, Belgium

Darling Foundry Residency, Montreal, Canada

Intermediae-Minbak, Matadero Madrid, Spain

Residences

2020, Peter and Irene Ludwig Guest Professorship, The Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary

2019-2020, CAD+SR 2019-20 RESEARCH, Italy/Kenya

2019, CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Award, Miami, US

2018, AIR of Fondazione Macc, Calasetta, Italy

2017, AIR of the Art Academy of Vienna, Austria

(Could not attend), Residency of MACRO Museum, Rome, Italy

2016, AiR Skövde, Skövde, Sweden

2016, Apexart fellowship, New York, US

2014, Maretti Award, Havana, Cuba

2014, Kultur Kontakt AIR, Vienna, Austria

2013, Stiftung Künstledorf Schöppingen Residency, Germany

2011-2013,  DAAD Scholarship, Germany

2010 - 2011. MAP Residency in ArtEZ-AKI, 

in co-organization with Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes and TransArtists, Enschede, Holland

2010, Villa Waldberta Residency, München, Germany

(Could not attend) WIELS Residency, Brussels, Belgium

2009, Darling Foundry Residency, Montreal, Canada

2007, Intermediae-Minbak, Matadero Madrid, Spain

Public collections

Museum of Cuban Art, Havana, Cuba

Private collections

Private collection in New York, USA

OnCuba collection, Havana, Cuba

Private collection in Antwerp, Belgium

Collection of La Veronica gallery, Modica, Italy

M  HKA Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Belgium

ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

Private collection in Munich, Germany