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Aglutinador: An Art and Ideas Lab

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Raised by 103 people in 11 months
Cuban-American artist Coco Fusco will team up with Cuban artist Sandra Ceballos to create workshops in English that explore cutting edge art trends thriving at the margins of officially sponsored culture in Cuba. Sandra is the founder and director of Aglutinador, Cuba's longest running autonomous art gallery.  The gallery is located in Sandra's modest home in Havana. Since 1994, Aglutinador's has served as a hub for critically engaged artistic activities in Havana.

Artists, arts professionals, students and researchers from around the world will be invited to dialogue with Cuban art historians, critics, curators and artists, visit artists studios and independent art galleries. Participants will also have access to Aglutinador's extensive archives. One of our key goals is to digitize those archives to make them available to researchers everywhere!

Here is a brief overview of our project and our goals:
For over twenty years, Aglutinador has hosted exhibitions, screenings and performances featuring artists who have been censored, imprisoned, forgotten or denied access to mainstream institutions because they are autodidacts.

We have created this campaign to raise funds  for multi-media equipment, upgrading our communications systems, digitizing archives and producing translations. Aglutinador needs to be bigger and better to get this project  up and running!

Here is a longer video that tells the story of Aglutinador:

Why Support Aglutinador? Aglutinador is Cuba's longest running independent art gallery. Keeping it open and active for more than 24 years is an extraordinary feat in a country where the state maintains a monopoly on cultural management. Dozens of Cuban artists residing on the island as well as in exile, have presented work there. Young Cuban artists who want to test out challenging projects as well as older Cuban artists who have encountered censorship and institutional indifference have sought out the gallery to create memorable exhibits. Internationally known Cuba artists such as Tania Bruguera and Carlos Garaicoa have shown their work there.  Aglutinador has also hosted exhibitions by international artists such as Santiago Sierra, William Cordova and Leslie Hewitt. Fusco and Ceballos  want to offer Aglutinador's history as an educational resource to the world. 

Please help us share Aglutinador with Cuban art lovers everywhere!
Sandra Ceballos and Coco Fusco 

We are fundraising til the end of 2017 so we can invest our earnings and be ready to launch our workshops in 2018.  

We have some great gifts for our donors:
1. Pledge $25 or more and receive a Thank You e-card
2. Pledge $50 or more and receive a personal Thank You letter with a poster from one of Aglutinador's exhibitions.
3. Pledge $200 or more and receive a T-shirt designed by Sandra Ceballos. These satirical shirts document her visits to Cuban landmarks and museums.
4. Pledge $500 or more and receive a copy of Coco Fusco's book Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba , about the history of radical performance on the island. Packed with color illustrations, the book is the first comprehensive study of this art form on the island.
5. Pledge $2000 or more and Coco Fusco will present an original lecture on Cuban art for your public or private event.
6. Pledge $5,000 or more and Sandra will send you one of her unique collages that evoke the history of events at Aglutinador.

Although Sandra can run her gallery out of her home, she is not permitted to engage in financial transactions as an art dealer in Cuba. The only way for us to make our dream project a reality is to solicit donations from supporters and lovers of Cuban art. That's why we are reaching out to you for support. 

Check out Aglutinador's website:  https://www.espacioaglutinador.com/

Thanks for your interest! Please join us!
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The next exhibition at Aglutinador opens on August 18.
From the Tombs:
These were artists who for many years were victim of incomprehension and in the case of Chago Armada of censorship of his alter ego Salomón, among other drawings. The work of Heriberto Manero was never valued, nor was his studio for artists, where many art students and autodidacts spent time. This was a space of tolerance, learning and culture. Guido Llinás emigrated to France because he could not carry out his work because his art was determined not to be representative of the revolutionary processes of his time.
Manuel Vidal's drawings remained in the shadows for many years. When he grew old, other artists went and organized events showcasing his works.
Jesús de Armas, who also emigrated to France, suffered discrimination and sabotage of his development as an artist by those who were responsible for exhibiting art in his time.
Sadly, almost all of these artists died without enjoying the proper valorization of their artworks in their homeland.


Desde las catacumbas
Estos artistas fueron, por muchos años, víctima de la incomprensión y en el caso de Chago Armada de la censura de su personaje Salomón entre otros dibujos.
El trabajo de Heriberto Manero nunca fue valorado, como tampoco su Taller para artistas por donde pasaron muchos graduados y autodidactas, este fue un lugar de tolerancia, aprendizaje y cultura.
Guido Llinás emigró a Francia por no poder desarrollar debidamente su trabajo, al ser valorada su obra como un arte no representativo del proceso revolucionario.
Los dibujos de Manuel Vidal permanecieron muchos años a la sombra y los propios artistas -ya estando él mayor- fuimos, en muchos casos, los que organizábamos eventos con sus obras.
Jesús de Armas, quien también emigró a Francia, sufrió discriminaciones y sabotajes hacia su desarrollo como artista, por parte de personas responsables de la divulgación del arte de aquellos tiempos.
Lamentablemente casi todos murieron sin haber disfrutado de la justa valoración de su trabajo como artistas dentro de su Patria.
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Nueva exhibición en el nuevo Aglutinador: Movida Madrileña en la Habana. Artistas Participantes:
Por Cuba:
Francisco Lastra
Israel León
Glexis Novoa
Sandra Ceballos
Nicolás Lara
Pedro Vizcaíno
Por España:
Antonio Villatoro
Guinovar
Martin Chirino.
Nicolás Lara
Antonio Villatoro
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Sandra just sent this photo of the completed renovations to Aglutinador: restored floors, ceiling rebuilt, plumbing fixed, electricity rewired, fresh paint inside, patio area tiled. It's great! Thanks to all for your help!
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