Kcho / Alexis Leyva Machado

  Para olvidar
September 1 - 29, 1996

This exhibition presented at the Centre international d'art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC) is the artist's first in Canada. Here he exposes two new works: Para olvidar 1996 (For forgetting), from a body of work of the same name, a version of which was presented at the Kwangju Biennial in 1995 in South Korea, and which won the Grand prize of this biennial; the second work, La Columna infinita, 1996, (The neverending column), is one of the first vertical works realised by the artist.

The theme of insularity and the need to communicate with the exterior, and that of popular Cuban culture and its manifestations are among the subjects that KCHO develops in his work. On a visual plan, this translates to a use of everyday materials and objects, abandoned objects, useful objets, leisure objects, and materials recycled in the context of art in order to reintegrate them, in one way or another, into the culture of the country.

KCHO was born in 1970 in Nueva Gerona Isla de la Juventud in Cuba. He lives and works in Habana.


*taken from the French text by Claude Gosselin which accompanied the exhibition, KCHO / Alexis Leyva Machado "Para olvidar", presented at the Centre international d'art contemporain de Montréal from September 1st to 29th.