La memoria verde
XIII Havana Biennial:
The construction of the possible
12 April – 12 May, 2019
Casa Museo Simón Bolívar
Mercaderes Nº 156
La Habana Vieja
Our planet is questioning its future existence and Cuba does not escape that concern. It is one of the islands with the greatest biological diversity of plants per square kilometer worldwide and with 53% of endemic species. It is not exempt from the possible disappearance of species due to climate change and its consequences. Cuba has a “red list” of endangered plants that represents 46.31% of its total, which makes it the Caribbean island with the highest percentage of threatened species.1
For the XIII Havana Biennial: The construction of the possible, the curatorial project Seedbeds uses the poetic and political narratives of art in a proposal by Enrique Ramírez, who activates his creative process “as a man who digs “.2 following the stories and images given by the land and its beings, by those who inhabit this geographical space delineated by the sea. The artist in his process unveils memories of men and women who reveal biographies, as well as landscapes. He transports us to the past through voices that shift between memories and experiences, and he harnesses that which has been extinguished, that which resists and transforms, to open us critically to the present.
Green Memory (2019)
Video installation, which takes an internal journey through memories and landscapes: The extinction of memory as well as plants and traditions. Through its inhabitants, this film talks about plants, and through them, people and their society.
To build a garden we need a piece of land and eternity (2017)
Neon sculpture created from a quote by the French botanist, garden designer and writer Gilles Clément. A work that invites us to reflect about life cycles, the flowering of life, the death of matter and its transformation.
1 González-Torres, Luis Roberto; Bejerano, Alejandro; Gonzalez-Oliva, Lisbet et al.
“Lista Roja de la Flora en Cuba”. In Bissea: El boletín sobre conservación de plantas del
Jardín Botánico Nacional de Cuba. Vol 10, Nº especial 1 enero, 2016.
2 Benjamin, Walter. “Excavar y recordar”
In: Imágenes que piensan, Obras, libro IV, Vol. 1, Abada, Madrid, 2010. Página 350.
Enrique Ramírez (1979) works across video, photography, installations and poetic narrations. He delves into stories within stories, fictions that overlap time periods and countries, mirages between the dream world and reality. Often, Ramírez uses images combined with sound to orchestrate an abundance of possible intrigues while making use of the equilibrium between the poetic and the political.