Juan Carlos Rodriguez
June 12, 2020
Yuri Obregón Batard
October 12, 2020

Yanet Oviedo

(Havana, 1990)
Graduated in Art History from the University of Havana. He has studied in different photography workshops including the 5th Digital Photography Workshop at the Office of the Historian of Havana (2015), the FOTOFEST INTERNATIONAL Workshop 2017 and the Summer Workshop of the Fototeca de Cuba (2018). Her recent solo show include El silencio de la duda and Sustitutos (bipersonal), held in Mexico. She has participated in various group exhibitions from 2015 to the present. Collaborator in Ciudad Generosa. Fourth Pragmatic, Artistic project by René Francisco Rodríguez. 11th Havana Biennial. (2012). She has also served as Curator and Art Critic. Producer of the 13th Havana Biennial. (2019); Member of the Award Jury of the XXI Hall of the City by the Fototeca de Cuba CPAPD (2016) and Member of the Award Jury of the Provincial Hall of Plastic Arts Fernández Morera, Sancti Spíritus by the National Council of Plastic Arts. In her career as an artist, she works at the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center and is part of the team of curators of the 14th Havana Biennial.

"Few see what we are, but all see what we pretend"
(Nicolas Maquiavelo)

project description

Objetos fuera de casa


Someone once claimed that if error is opposed to truth, appearance is opposed to reality. What happens then when art, from its mechanisms of manipulation and seduction, is capable of creating an appearance that supplants and puts in crisis the values of said reality? In my work I start from the simulacrum as a resource or modus operandi to manipulate certain elements associated with our individual or collective memory, many times from a process of fragmentation or accumulation, which allows me to unpin them and mutate them towards a double aestheticized nature in whose utopia and Persuasive speech could hide a desire, a deprivation or the key to a true essence.

Abanico, 2019 © Yanet Oviedo
Adorno, 2019 © Yanet Oviedo
Balancín, 2019 © Yanet Oviedo
Percha, 2019 © Yanet Oviedo
Butacones, 2019 © Yanet Oviedo
Munecos, 2019 © Yanet Oviedo
S.T., 2019 © Yanet Oviedo
Untitled, 2018 © Yanet Oviedo
Untitled, 2018 © Yanet Oviedo
Untitled, 2018 © Yanet Oviedo
project presentation

This is the concept

"My name is Yanet Oviedo. I am a graduate of Art History at the University of Havana. I live in Cuba. For a few years I have been interested in exploring artistic creation, mainly the field of photography. For this project I was interested in presenting two of my most recent series, one called “Objetos fuera de casa” / “Objects outside the home” and the other “Deseos reprimidos” / “Repressed desires” about the pandemic. In my work I try to find in the absence, in the utopia, those aesthetic values that overcome that lack, that cognitive disorder. There the simulacrum will appear as a kind of seduction that, as a strategy or as a modus operandi, contrasts from apprehension in a space that can be internal or external, but which in reality translates our most pressing contingency. In the case of “Objects outside the home” the grayscale allows me to explore almost surreal scenes. In this series, I was interested in finding those elements uncertain in the city landscape, in the urban space that had a visuality, a physiognomy that experienced a double nature, a double aesthetic function that found meaning precisely in the utopia of our imaginary. While in “Repressed Desires”, in a very self- referential way I open up and performatively accumulate all those elements that I have been deprived of in times of pandemic and I also start from the concept of utopia because the illusion of wanting to possess them allows me to overcome it through an act of symbolic catharsis."