Frío estudio del desastre, 2005

Cinder blocks, concrete, fishing nylon Dimensions site-specific

Frío estudio del desastre, 2005

Photo: Marcos Morilla

Los Carpinteros appeared on the Cuban art scene at the beginning of the 1990s, a moment of transition during which Cuba’s loss of economic aid from the Soviet Union led to dire poverty and a repressive political climate. 
There was more than ever, among artists, a turn to metaphor, double meaning and fictionalization in order to dissipate mechanisms of control and censorship. As the name of the group so graphically demonstrates, Los Carpinteros [the carpenters] take much of their artistic persona from the notion of craftsmanship in its most material sense. Frío estudio del desastre [Frozen Study of a Disaster] plays on the uncanny relationship to space as a disembodied picture of reality by presenting what appears to be a three-dimensional reconstruction of a photographic image depicting an exploding wall. Fragments from a cinder block wall hang suspended in the air, while a gaping hole in the wall indicates the point of impact of the blast responsible for this disaster. The gallery visitor walks through this eerie scene as if somehow navigating a two-dimensional representation, a forensic image from which we may reconstruct the specific nature of the forces unleashed by the detonation.


Marco Antonio Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez were born in Camagüey, Cuba, 1971, and Villa Clara, Cuba, 1969, respectively. They live and work in Havana and Madrid.

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