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Glenda León
From September 9th 2006 to October 14th 2006
Mar Interno (Inner Sea / Mer interne)

Cuban art at the beginning of the twenty-first century ventures into territory in which the distances between craft and experimentation, market and ideology, are not easily determined. Amid this ambiguity, León’s work emerges with a poetics reminiscent of the yoga maxim, “Live as if everything were important.” Such a stance situates her in a slippery and indeterminate space. Post-conceptual and post-minimal art form the backdrop for León’s constructions within an international art discourse. She approaches reality by going beyond appearances, in the manner of those who reject conceptual and minimal absolutisms. What she makes evident are the simple things that envelop us, slipping in between memories and oblivion, choices and destinies.

This mute and solitary trajectory, devoid of both constructive claim and formal complexity, has turned León into a narrator for whom things are described by their own determinations. The surroundings mingle with and invert their meanings.
Excerpts from "Overflying the ordinary enviroment", Magaly Espinosa, Bomb Magazine, no 82, NY, 2002-2003.

Here is all distance, and there it was breathing.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

There is an ignored longing for a state of freedom, for a feeling of belonging to the world. Sometimes art can be a little remark upon (remembrance, souvenir of?) this state, an intrinsic and long-hidden power. The power of imagination, the power of living, of belonging, and of being in harmony.
It is a rembembrance of our magical capacity to transform — and for being transformed.
— Glenda León

Glenda León would like to thank Ferran and Marisa Cano in Mallorca Spain.

Glenda León (Havana, 1976) belongs to a new generation of Cuban artists who benefit from international recognition far beyond the shores of Cuba. Her photographs, videos, and objects have been featured in numerous venues, including The Havana Biennial, The Mattress Factory (Pennsylvania), The Brooklyn Museum (NY), and The Armory Photography Show (NY). She is a recipient of the 2006-2007 DAAD Scholarship for Artists (Germany).

Bibliographie
- Crevier, Lyne, «Cuba libre», Ici Montréal, 12-18 octobre 2006, p.52.