Cuban visual artist living between Havana and Düsseldorf

Category: Texts

Eugene at Kunsthalle Münster curated by Gail B. Kirkpatrick and Marcus Lütkemeyer Opening on Sunday 28th of June at 3:00 p.m.

If a pessimist were to dismiss travel as pointless - that any journey entails consenting to the company of one’s self - then the sensually charged installations, material assemblages, drawings, photographs, and pictures of Diango Hernández sends the viewer on a journey that presents an inspired opportunity to be both simultaneously outside of one’s self and ...

Thank you Mr. Fukuyama but we don’t want to go there In response to Mr. Francis Fukuyama's speech at Metamodernism - The return of History

“I am circling around God, around the ancient tower, and I have been circling for a thousand years, and I still don’t know if I am a falcon, or a storm, or a great song.” Rainer Maria Rilke. The book of hours, 1899-1903 n that white and very well proportionated auditorium the audience was whispering, it sounded like a small river, in fact we ...

Socialist Nature or the utopia of the ordinary by Gerhard Obermüller for "Socialist Nature", book published by DISTANZ

Hernández circulates the concept of nature in a much more ambiguous manner in this exhibition, however. The ambivalence of socialism’s handling of nature and the environment has been a topic of concern for Diango Hernández for some time. Even if there may well have been more destruction of nature under capitalism than in many communist countries, the artist sees ...

Spiritual Discovery by Timotheus Vermeulen for "Socialist Nature"

The thought experiment Hernández has initiated here, one that I have tried to develop further here, is to think of what nature produced by ideology performs other than that ideology. He sets out on a journey to discover all the subplots that have been activated that run against or parallel to or divert from ideology—all the subplots, that is, that unexpectedly ...

Ways of knowing by Timotheus Vermeulen for Frieze magazine On the installation, sculptures and drawings of Diango Hernández, Dec. 2014

The art of Diango Hernández defies easy categorization. Although much of his work is inspired by his experiences of Cuba – where he was born in 1970 and lived until the age of 33 – he is not an émigré artist in the vein of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn or Joseph Brodsky. And while many of his projects are concerned with displacement and origin, his work does not sit ...