Equilibrando la curva
Curated by Andrea Lissoni / 22 June - 2 September 2012
Wilfredo Prieto (Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, 1978) is an artist whose disorienting installations, which tackle themes such as politics, economics and the environment, are of huge visual impact. He takes much of his inspiration from Cuban society, with which he maintains a critical but intense relationship, but his work actually opens up to all of our global society and to the goods, symbols and values it produces.
Prieto’s work starts out from everyday objects and materials, with no hierarchical distinction between industrial products, humble materials, precious objects or consumer goods. Prieto chooses his materials and objects on the basis of their economic, social and cultural significance and modifies their functions and characteristics, creating surprising short-circuits of meaning that we cannot help but reflect on.
In the “Equilibrando la curva” exhibition, Prieto examines the infinite potential of art and how its ultimate aim is to make us look at the world through different eyes. Coming up against objects and materials of very different types and sizes, we find ourselves plunged into a world that brings into question our normal perceptions and the instinctive associations we make between objects and the functions and meanings we normally attribute to them.