Born in Cuba in 1970, Hernández moved to Europe in 2003 and currently lives and works between Havana and Düsseldorf

Alexander and Bonin

Objects of Ridicule Solo exhibition at Alexander & Bonin, NY

n exhibition of new work by Diango Hernández will open on December 1st at Alexander and Bonin. This will be the artist’s second one-person exhibition at the gallery. Hernández’s new work addresses conflict as a mirror reflection of political objectives onto historical surfaces. The distortions created by the reflected images of tangible examples such as borders, oil, and bombs onto the non-tangible language of prejudice, political slogans, and ideologies become, in the artist’s words, ‘objects of ridicule.’ “…Objects of Ridicule” will consist of two sculptural installations: My Symmetry and waves inside my room. My Symmetry, a series of window frames with louvers, will divide the main space into two equal parts. Each louver will be engraved ‘PATRIA O MUERTE’ on one side and ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ on the other. The louvers can be rotated individually to create either a consistent wall of one motto or a mixed wall of both the Cuban and U.S. national maxims, allowing for different interpretations of the ideological role of this installation. ‘Waves inside my room’ is a suspended ceiling made of 280 wooden, 1950s-style radio backs. This work also acts as a division of space, but in this case, the mirrored image on the opposite side is hidden. waves inside my room reflects the complicated relationship created by the exertion of dominance by the Northern Hemisphere over the Southern Hemisphere. This installation allows the visitor to become the vehicle through which news, opinions, and propaganda are communicated. ...

Spies Solo exhibition at Alexander and Bonin, NY

iango Hernández’ first exhibition in North America will open at Alexander and Bonin on April 15, 2006. Spies will be shown concurrently with Traitors at Galería Pepe Cobo in Madrid. Born in 1970 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, the artist has lived in Europe since 2003. The work in both exhibitions reflect his analysis of the iconography and rhetoric of the Cuban revolution and the tensions and absurdities of the North American-Cuban relationship since the 1960`s. The exhibition is a group of “reports to the enemy” that reflects the relationship between an artist and a spy. For his exhibition at Alexander and Bonin, the artist has created works incorporating found objects such as record players, speakers and domestic furniture as well as language and sound. Drawing (Presidents’ secrets), upside down lamps project transcriptions of secret phone conversations between Kennedy, Rusk, McNamara, Johnson and others onto an installation of record players set on coffee tables. Drawing (living inside my drawers) is a small cabinet on whose open drawers two texts are projected: speeches given by John Kennedy at the time of the missile crisis in 1962 and by Fidel Castro concerning the US spy flights over Cuba. This work also includes a piano composition by the Cuban composer, Ernesto Lecuona. Wake me up is a series of ten drawings in which inkjet images of the ten American presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George Bush are combined with an ink self-portrait of the artist asleep on their shoulders. Rather than an ‘iron’ or a ‘bamboo’ curtain, Hernández will exhibit Paper Curtain in which partially burned holes reveal small drawings and the text, “After some time, democracy is just another utopia, but I have already a better utopia to dream with”. In 1994, Diango Hernández began his artistic practice in Cuba as a co-founder of Ordo Amoris Cabinet, a group of artists and designers who focused on invented solutions for home design objects by Cuban citizens compensating for a permanent shortage of materials and goods. Diango Hernández lives and works in Düsseldorf. His work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at the Städtischen Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach and Kunsthalle, Basel. A video and sound installation was included in Always a little Further at the 2005 Venice Biennale and he will exhibit in the forthcoming Biennale of Sydney (June) and São Paulo Biennial (October). ...