1970 · Trinidad. Cuba
From Mask series, 2016-2017
(text for the book that is published on his work)
For Alexandre Arrechea (b. 1970, Trinidad, Cuba), drawing, engraving, sculpture, installation and video have all played a part in the search to locate a more extensive space for art, a destination arguably attained in his most recent public art projects: Black Sun (Times Square, New York, 2010), and Nolimits (Park Avenue, New York, 2013). While his name is clearly identified today in mainstream art listings, he has been an elusive figure over the past 20 years, dropping in and out of the history of Cuban and international art under a series of different identities: as one half of the Alexandre Arrechea-Dagoberto Rodríguez duo, between 1989 and 1992; occasionally camouflaged behind the heteronym “Eugenia Proenza”; as a participant in the MAD trio (1992); or in the better known and widely publicized trio Los Carpinteros, founded in 1992, of which he remained a member until the summer of 2003.
Map of Silence, 2015.
The Map, 2014.
Empire State, 2012-2013.
Court House, 2012-2013.
The Inevitable Space documents and analyzes these developments, from Arrechea’s beginnings in 1989 as part of a socially utopian generation in Cuba up to the present time in which—whether he happens to be located in Havana, Madrid or New York—he presents himself as a solo artist with a strong personality, working within the framework of international art. Cristina Vives’s substantial essay and the interview conducted by Hans-Michael Herzog that are part of this publication are based on the artist’s own reflections and the years of professional and personal relationship that unite them.