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Carlos Martiel

New York City / Havana, Cuba

CHARLA: Arte, performance y política con Carlos Martiel

A conversation about the artist’s most important performances, visceral political critiques,  addressing contemporary issues related to censorship, oppression, and immigration.  Carlos Martiel, building on Cuban and international histories, comments on social tensions while both embodying and challenging commonly perceived limits of the body. The facilitator of the CHARLA  will be Jorge Sánchez, poet, photographer, and curator. He recently completed the Independent Study Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (MACBA) and is pursuing a Masters of Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University. He lives between Puerto Rico, New York, and Barcelona. 


Carlos Martiel (born 1989, Havana). Lives and works in New York and Havana. He graduated in 2009 from the National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro,” in Havana. Between the years 2008–2010, he studied in the Cátedra Arte de Conducta, directed by the artist Tania Bruguera. Martiel’s works have been included in the 4th Vancouver Biennale, Canada; 14th Sharjah Biennial, UAE; 14th Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador; 57th Venice Biennale, Italy; Liverpool Biennial, UK; Havana Biennial, Cuba. He has had performances at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), USA; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Italy; Robert Miller Gallery, USA. He has received several awards, including the Franklin Furnace Fund in New York, USA, 2016; “CIFOS Grants & Commissions Program Award” in Miami, USA, 2014; “Arte Laguna” in Venice, Italy, 2013. His work has been exhibited at The São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil; The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; among others. His works are in public and private collections such as The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami; Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro.