Art Present. Symposium & Exhibition Series. 2015.

As an extension of ARTE NO ES FACIL, Art Present: Mapping Space that Could Return to Earth Again brought together a transnational group of cultural workers for a week of discussions and lectures for the 12th Havana Biennial in Cuba June of 2015.

The two-part symposium and exhibition series was hosted by Fábrica de Arte Cubano and showcased interdisciplinary art research, innovative space design, community oriented artist-run projects, and site-specific curatorial concepts alongside institutionally sponsored architectural initiatives to examine how the restructuring of art space might extend into the political, technological, and bureaucratic reorganization of other spaces in Cuba, The United States, and Canada.

We are in the planning stages for the exhibition of participant work in the Fall of 2015 at Sometimes Art Space in Havana. The project will also produce a two-volume catalog publication observing seven years of US-Cuban relations through the eyes of Arte no Es Facil's transnational participants.

This project was generously supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Connection Fund, LinksHall Artists Residency, The Claire Kantor Foundation, The Hyde Park Art Center, Art Chicago & Next, El Centro Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, The University of Chicago, UChicago Arts Council, Department of Visual Arts, Open Practice Committee, The Reva and David Logan Center for the Performing Arts, and The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago.

For documentation of the June 2015 symposium, head over to the Art Present Facebook page.