Carlos Martiel

Farber Foundation Announces Finalists for Cuban Art Award

Alex Greenberger,, January 13, 2015

On the heels of news that the U.S. will begin to ease relations with Cuba and controversy surrounding the detention of Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera, the Farber Foundation has announced the finalists for the first Cuban Art Awards. The awards, which are going to be given out biennially, are broken into two categories—the Cuban Artist of the Year (which comes with $10,000) and the Young Cuban Artist of the Year ($3,000), presented to an artist under 35. Selected by a jury of collectors, curators, and scholars, the winners will be announced in May.

— Carlos Martiel. “Carlos Martiel is an emergent force in performance art. He exposes his body to often painful and painstaking processes to call attention to both personal and broader social issues. In the end, his performances have a lyrical quality that subverts the seemingly extreme ends he goes to in order to achieve his performative goals.”

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