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Aglutinador: An Art and Ideas Lab

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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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PRESS RELEASE - THE ALTERNATIVE HAVANA BIENNIAL (Aglutinador will participate)

Contacts:

email: 00Bienaldelahabana@gmail.com

web site: http://00bienaldelahabana.net/

facebook: 00 Bienal de La Habana

cuban cell phone: (+53) 53063947 / (+53) 53835325

https://www.gofundme.com/wg9b8d-00bienal-de-la-habana





The # 00Bienal de La Habana is an independent event that will take place from May 5 to 15, 2018 in Havana. Cuba. It is a democratic project, planned from the collaboration between artists and seeking to establish connections with the Cuban people.

This event was conceived in the wake of the decision made by the Ministry of Culture, the National Council of Visual Arts and the Wilfredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art to postpone until 2019 the XII Havana Biennial (scheduled to take place from October 5th to November 5th 2018), as a result of the damages caused by hurricane Irma.

With the intention of supporting the development of Cuban culture, at a time when the country is experiencing a serious crisis of faith, when banalities and despair are on the rise, and taking art’s demanding and emancipatory power as our banner, we believe it’s imperative that this event isn’t delayed and to put it on with the minimal resources available.

It is being organized by artists, independent institutions, theorists and curators of Cuba and other places in the world. It emerges as an initiative of the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and the curator Yanelys Nuñez Leyva.

The #00 Biennial has no state or private funding. It will take place via personal initiatives to collect funds, exchanging experiences and materials among participants and collaborators themselves.

This event, as a theme, “A Biennial in every studio”, becomes the first Cuban initiative that uses the digital platform and the particular cultural projects to build an inclusive space for dialogue and artistic production.

We have over sixty artists from countries such as Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, United States, Africa, Germany, Romania, Ukraine and Cuba, taking part.

For strategic reasons, promotional material that will continue to appear in this newspaper, such as digital newsletters will only mention a few names of foreign artists who are participating, as any act of sabotage on behalf of the Cuban authorities is imminent and artists could, for example, be refused entry into Cuba.

Here are some of them:

Yvelin Buenrostro (Mexico), Antonio Mas (Spain), Alicia Torres (Spain), Yesica Suárez (Colombia), Filipa César (Portugal), Armando Cuspinera (México) and from Cuba, Lázaro Saavedra, Jose Luis Marrero, Chino Novo, Yuri Obregón, Jose Ernesto Alonso, Serones, Adonis Milan, Amaury Pacheco, Iris Ruiz, David de Omni, Yasser Castellanos, Sam 33, 2+2 =5, Happy Zombie, Yoanny Aldaya, Italo Expósito, Ariel Maceo, Nonardo Perea, Marcel Marquez, Lía Villares, Luis Trápaga, Yimi Konclase y Wilay Mendez.

Espacio Aglutinador, INSTAR, El Oficio, Taller Yobatard, Estudio Yo soy el que soy, Amaury, Omnipoeta, Norias and the Museo de Arte Políticamente Incómodo (MAPI) are some of the independent spaces that collaborate with the biennial project.

The program is being organized by area, by the city’s key points which embrace well-known alternative projects such as Coco Solo Social, Santa Mia de la Talla or Riera Studio. Potential venues such as Guanabacoa, Alamar, Central Havana, Vedado, Cerro and Old Havana will be transformed into the #00Bienal’s meeting points.

One of the concerns of this event is to project toward the public space the artistic actions of workshops and cultural independent spaces in Cuba. The potentialities of these platforms, even without exploding, and unknowns for the people, bring us the need to legitimate them in an environment of interchange.

Many of these spaces are standing by in a legal limbo in relation to their social purpose, for that matter, to establish a dialog on what they can contribute in a practical way to the community will somehow unleash a conversation process at legislative level that will favour their protection.



Using as leit motive and/or theme: In each workshop one Biennial, allow the organizers of this collective project to eliminate the stigmatisation once related with the outsiders or privates initiatives. And the theme is also benefited by its coherence –in the language level– for the propagandistic Cuban revolutionary speech, which always convokes the voluntariness and the conquest of utopias.



A theoretical event elaborated in relation to the #00 Biennial, will seek how to polemicize about the spaces of risk related with the tensions between art, ideology and politics in the Cuban and international context in this time.



Without being thought like an expression against the cultural institutions of the island, or against the Biennial event of Havana, this independent project rather attempt to unfasten the Cuban art from the Mainstream and its bubble, convoking it to reconnect with its reality. Most of all, this effort constitute the implementation of a certainty: The Art itself possess a double power, the curative and the emancipator.

Contacts:

email: 00Bienaldelahabana@gmail.com

web site: http://00bienaldelahabana.net/

facebook: 00 Bienal de La Habana

cuban cell phone: (+53) 53063947 / (+53) 53835325

https://www.gofundme.com/wg9b8d-00bienal-de-la-habana
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Dear Friends,
It has been a while! But we have lots of good news. First, the repairs on the space are progressing. Here are photos Sandra just sent today of work being done on the patio-entryway to Aglutinador. The interior ceiling has also been repaired and after much searching Sandra found paint for the walls of the gallery! Paint is very scarce these days in Havana. Some important equipment purchases have been made - the gallery now boasts a large flat screen for media presentations and a scanner and other goods are on the way! Sandra was also able to get her thank you letters to me in the US, so that I can send them out. I have to ask for your mailing addresses so I can mail you your letter, so please send them to me via email. Thanks again for your support! Best, Coco
Repairing the patio entryway
Greetings from Sandra and the repair man
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AGLUTINADOR RENOVATIONS UNDERWAY! Thanks to the donations of supporters, Aglutinador is on the road to a new life! Sandra reports that part of the ceiling and roof will be torn out as they crumbling. Here's to a new beginning! THANKS AGAIN TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS!
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Happy Holidays to all our friends! Here is a message from Sandra in Havana. All best, Coco
A holiday message from Sandra in Havana!
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