ARTIST TALK – DIGITALE KUNST / Ruth Schnell
Donnerstag, 7. November 2019
14:00 - 15:30 Uhr
Ort: Hintere Zollamtsstraße 17 / 3. Stock, A-1030 Wien
NELSON RAMIREZ DE ARELLANO CONDE (artist and director of the Fototeca de Cuba, Havana)
Understanding photography, a need of understanding before creating
In his talk Nelson Ramirez de Arellano Conde gives an insight into his artistic work. He analyses the characteristics of the axis between “documentary” and “created”, “subjective” and “objective” to understand different artists’ choices to create their art. He also presents his ideas about “art based” in the equation: “A = I + F (RC + AeC + IC) HTRT 3
Art = Idea + Form (Rational Content + Aesthetic Content + Irrational Content) Hitting the Right Time 3”.
Nelson Ramirez de Arellano Conde, member of the “Liudmila & Nelson”, cutting edge collaborative photography based artistic team created by the Cuban artists Liudmila Velasco (b. Moscow, Russia, 1969) and Nelson Ramirez de Arellano (b. Berlin, Germany, 1969) both living and working in Havana, Cuba.
The artistic work developed by Liudmila & Nelson; focus on understanding photography and at the same time understanding the reality of the country where they live, the island of Cuba. A series like “Absolut Revolution” build infinite metaphors around the monuments of the Revolution Square in Havana, intending to understand the Cuban Revolution. A series like “Hotel Habana” intends to understand how much we understand about the past, how much we understand the present and how we imagine, or fear the future could be. The images show sections of the past, matching the present, and imagining the future, like if we could see time as transparent layers. Liudmila and Nelson´s most important step in their artistic career is to have represented Cuba at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.
Nelson Ramirez de Arellano Conde, parallel to his career as artist, was the chief curator of the Fototeca de Cuba (Cuban National Center for Photography) from 2000 to 2010 and has been the director since 2010 to today. He founded the Havana Month of Photograghy Festival “Noviembre Fotografico” in 2006 that helds more than 60 exhibitions in different venues in Havana City every year. He is also co-founder and curator at Fábrica de Arte Cubano (the most successful and popular cultural project in Cuba, recently nominated by the Times Magazine among the 100 most see places in the world.
image@ Liudmila & Nelson: “Absolut Revolution - La Isla” still from a video of the same title from the series “Absolut Revolution” 2002-2012, showed in 2013 at the Venice Biennale.