Roberto Diago: La Historia Recordada

January 19 - March 3, 2018

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston is planning an artist residency, exhibition, and video documentary featuring Cuban multi-disciplinary artist Roberto Diago. Born in 1971 in Havana, Diago’s work is often a direct criticism of racism in Cuba and explores the roots and role of slavery in Cuban history and culture. Diago works and lives in Havana, and utilizes a variety of strategies for examining the aftereffects of slavery in the 21st century.

Roberto Diago will be in residency before his exhibition opens at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. His residency and exhibition will be part of a much larger college-wide interdisciplinary project with a focus on Cuba entitled “Cuba en el Horizonte” that will include special topics courses, lectures, and performances across departments of the College of Charleston. The Halsey Institute’s exhibition will be the focal point for this semester-long engagement with Cuban culture, politics, history, economics, and its potential future. 

About Roberto Diago

Born in 1971 in Havana, Cuba, Juan Roberto Diago Durruthy has been featured in exhibitions at Cooper Galery, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wilfredo Lam, Havana, Cuba; the 47th Venice Biennale; the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Havana Biennials; and more galleries and museums in Latin American and across the world. His work is included in the collections of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana; the Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami; and the Rubin Foundation, New York, NY; among others. In 2002 he won the Award for National Culture from the Cuba Ministry of Culture. He graduated from the Academia de Artes Plásticas San Alejandro, in Havana in 1990. He is the grandson of Cuban artist Roberto Juan Diago Querol (1920-1955).

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