H Book A book published by Alexander and Bonin Publishing, Inc. New York and produced by dh artworks, Dusseldorf about Diango Hernández’s studio
Excerpt from ‘Home means belonging – and vice versa’. An interview with Diango Hernández by Patrizia Dander
DANDER: At this point we should start to talk about the studio situation you are exposing in the book. I believe many of the processes you just described are firmly rooted in the studio space. At the beginning of our conversation you mentioned that after your collaboration you decided for a kind of work that “requires more solitude”. That sounds like if you were looking for a place where you could take your time and answer your questions at your own pace and according to your own logic and rules. Maybe even a place where doubt would play a more central role? Is that what you find in your studio?
HERNÁNDEZ: When I decided to move to Europe I wasn’t thinking in any particular place where I could eventually start developing my work, at that time I didn’t have in mind a studio, but a different scenario where I could start all over again. I knew from my former short trips abroad that it wasn’t easy for European artists to give a permanent continuity to their practices and I could guess that an artist’s life over here was extremely complicated. My priority number one since I arrived in Europe was oriented towards finding my own freedom and to dedicate 100% of my time to my art work. I knew that a studio would give me the possibility to expand my thoughts – albeit not my time. It took me a year and a half after arriving to Italy to fully reconnect with my everyday artistic routine. During this first year in Italy I was working at home and only during night-time because during the day I was busy working for an advertising agency. I knew from Havana that working at home has a few great advantages; it is a type of work that develops in a very intimate way and carries a lot of invisible life traces. And also whatever you’ll do in a space where you also live contains the scale of living and not really the scale of working.
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Thanks to Anne Pöhlmann / Patrizia Dander / Rogelio Hernández / Dirk Hartmann / Michael Dornieden / Adeline Morlon / CS Leigh / Alexander and Bonin, NY / Galerie Michael Wiesehöfer, Cologne / Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin / Pepe Cobo y Cia, Madrid / Stella Lohaus, Antwerp / Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Rovereto / Federico Luger, Milan
Printed in Germany in a limited edition of 750 copies. 103 Diango Hernández‘s special editions produced by dh-artworks. (25 unique studio polaroids, 25 original drawings, 50 bronze / wood sculptures and 3 bronze sculptures)
Launch 6th of September at Alexander and Bonin New York during Diango Hernández’s opening of solo exhibition “If I send you this”