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Interview with Carlos Martiel (2017)

Interview with Carlos Martiel (2017) HIDVL
In 2017, upon the publication of e-misférica’s “Expulsion” issue, Marcial Godoy-Anativia interviewed Carlos Martiel about his career trajectory as a performance artist and the centrality of the body as a raw material in his corpus. They touch on Martiel’s interest in ritual and sacrifice–-and Martiel’s use of his own bodily pain as an instrument of protest–-as well as his concept of “sinceridad corporal” (bodily sincerity), which Martiel characterizes as the forthright display of the normally obscured body. Other topics they discuss include: migrants’ fatal trajectories across the Florida Straits and the Mediterranean; gentrification; differences between racism in Cuba and the US; and Martiel’s Jamaican heritage. They specifically discuss Martiel’s pieces “Expulsion” and “Black Lament” among others.


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 14th Sharjah Biennial, UAE; 14th Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador; 57th Venice Biennale, Italy; Casablanca Biennale, Morocco; Biennial “La Otra”, Colombia; Liverpool Biennial, United Kingdom; Pontevedra Biennial, Spain; and Havana Biennial, Cuba. He has had performances at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; La Tertulia Museum, Cali, Colombia; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Quito, Ecuador; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Houston, USA; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia (MACZUL), Maracaibo, Venezuela; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA; Nitsch Museum, Naples, Italy. 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 Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, USA; Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee (ZAC), Palermo, Italy; Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, USA; Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; Tornielli Museum, Ameno, Italy; Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, Argentina; among others.


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Additional Info

  • Date: December 18, 2017
  • Location: (Hemi Office) New York, New York
  • Interviewee: Carlos Martiel
  • Interviewer: Marcial Godoy-Anativia
  • Duration: 24:55
  • Language: English