An island is defined by its isolation but also by its openness to influences, strangers and other cultures.
On an island, insulated culture lives in a constant dichotomy with the exchange and interchange of people and cultures that the island’s ports encourage. The sea is a source of beauty, pleasure and even life, but it also acts as a border and an obstacle. Yoan Capote presents seascapes that reveal thousands of fishhooks, representative of an industry, a profession and a food source, but that symbolize the island’s reliance on the sea and its literally restrictive connection to the water and to the island itself.
Capote’s work is haunted by his goal to reshape common experiences by condensing or distilling them into meaningful portions of reality that are physically navigable and enter into a corporal dialogue with the viewer. The hook, in the Isla series 2019, is both a motif and a tool. Collected from Cuba’s fishing industry, the hooks make up the undulating waves that grace the canvas. They create an image from their own purpose, symbolizing the citizen’s connection to the sea in an industrial, manual and spiritual sense. The sea is a tool, an abundant provider but also a barrier and an obstruction to the rest of the world.