In this artist talk Juan Si Gonzalez will be discussing the process of creation for his past three exhibitions, discussing the concepts that drive them in great detail and the results of each. He will also be interacting with the audience throughout the whole piece and have photographic representations of these exhibitions to give his audience a firm grasp on the subject matter and how he is dealing with it – a taste of his work. In addition, he will tie all of these creative pieces together and discuss how the ideas have grown and developed from piece to piece throughout the changing times, as they all work within the same framework of themes, ideals and ideologies.
Juan Si Gonzalez is a Cuban-born interdisciplinary artist whose choice of media depends on the idea. He studied at the Higher Institute of the Arts in Havana and was selected to participate in the first and second Havana Biennales.
In 1987, he co-founded the group “Art-De” and began doing interactive political performances in the streets of Havana and underground videos to talk about social issues in Cuba. He has lived in the United States since 1993, and his work has continued to address social and political themes.
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, González created a series of installation pieces exploring the heightened sense of nationalism in the country and the convergence of religious fundamentalism and patriotism.
Juan Si’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Costa Rica; the Frost Art Museum, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, the Miami Art Museum in Florida; the Museum of Latin American Art in California; El Museo del Barrio, Exit Art in New York; The Museum of Art in Indiana; The International House Gallery in Philadelphia; The Cambridge Arts Center in Massachusetts; Museo Carrillo Gil in Mexico; Centre Georges Pompidou, Kunsthalle Museum in Germany; Cultural Center of Bechem in Belgium; The Mestna Galerija, Ljubljana in Slovenia. He has also participated various international art fairs including Arco, Madrid; Photo Buenos Aires; Pinta London; Art Miami, Art Basel. His work is included in several private and public museum collections.