No way out
wooden table, wire, rice paper, light
140 x 330 x 330 cm
55,12 x 129,9 x 129,9 in
“No Way Out” is part of a bigger series called New architectures. It focuses on the creation of an “ideal city”, or a city of the imagination, but at the same time pretends the creation of a more introspective space - a space of meditation and distance from reality - while maintaining a “documental” relation with urban space. The installation constitutes a “model” of a city where its buildings and urbanistic planning consist of lightened Japanese rice paper and wire lamps. The city is not identifiable and it keeps an ambiguous relation between the notion of object and the traditional modeling of a city.
Carlos Garaicoa was born in 1967 in Havana. He currently lives and works between Havana and Madrid. Carlos Garaicoa studied thermodynamics and later painting at the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana (1989 - 1994).
He developed a multidisciplinary approach to address issues of culture and politics, particularly Cuban, through the study of architecture, urbanism and history. He focuses on a dialogue between art and urban space through which investigates the social structure of our cities in terms of their architecture. Through a wide variety of materials and media, Garaicoa found ways to criticise modernist Utopian architecture and the collapse of the 20th century ideologies.
Among his most important solo shows we can highlight those at PEM - Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, USA (2020), Lunds Konsthall and Skissernass Museum, Lund (2019); Parasol Unit Foundation, London (2018); Fondazione Merz, Torino (2017); MAAT, Lisbon (2017); Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao (2017); Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2016); Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo (2015); CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Madrid (2014); Fundación Botín, Santander (2014); NC-Arte and FLORA ars + natura, Bogotá (2014); Kunsthaus Baselland Muttenz, Basel(2012); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Brunswick, Germany (2012); Contemporary Art Museum, Institute for Research in Art, Tampa (2007); H.F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (2011); Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Amsterdam (2010); Centre d’Art la Panera, Lérida (2011); Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Caja de Burgos (CAB), Burgos (2011); National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens (2011); Inhotim Instituto de Arte Contemporáneo, Brumadinho (2012); Caixa Cultural, Río de Janeiro (2008); Museo ICO (2012) and Matadero (2010), Madrid; IMMA, Dublin (2010); Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona (2006); Museum of Contemporary Art (M.O.C.A), Los Angeles (2005); Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá (2000).
He has participated in prestigious international events such as: the Biennials of Havana (1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2009, 2012, 2015), Shanghai (2010), São Paulo (1998, 2004), Venice (2009, 2005), Johannesburg (1995), Liverpool (2006) and Moscow (2005), the Triennials of Auckland (2007), San Juan (2004), Yokohama (2001) and Echigo-Tsumari (2012); Documenta 11 (2003) and 14 (2017) and PhotoEspaña 12 (2012).
In 2005 he received the XXXIX International Contemporary Art Prize - Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco in Montecarlo, and the Katherine S. Marmor Award in Los Angeles.