The Book of WavesBook published by Marlborough Contemporary with texts of Diango Hernández. Book presentation on the 28th of April, Marlborough Contemporary, London
After seven days navigating without orientation all my sweet water reserves were gone. During the day the sun was so intense that at night my eyes saw no moon, no stars, only darkness. The sea at night looked like a black marble floor, like a fancy ballroom but with no dancers. Touching my left hand with my right hand was the only way I found to feel some company. What did I leave behind? Land. What did I have in front? Only water. Fortunately dreamers don’t need land, but water wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. The constant waves finally disoriented me and after the third day they forced me to believe that there was no end and no beginning, just rhythm. I counted too many waves. Numbers are endless as waves… (excerpts from “The Book of Waves” a text by Diango Hernández).
Born in 1970 in Sancti Spíritus (Cuba), he lives and works between Düsseldorf (Germany) and Havana (Cuba). Diango Hernández studied Industrial Design in Havana in the early 1990s, amid the economic crisis triggered by the fall of the Soviet Union, he participated in various collective initiatives as part of the Cuban cultural scene. In the early 2000s he moved to Düsseldorf, where he continued to produce the multimedia works that have made him one of the leading heirs of the American conceptual legacy.
For Hernández, drawing is not so much a working method as a way of thinking about and assimilating the world. He strives to understand the subjective component of this medium, subverting some of its codes and transferring its meanings to space, sound, design and architecture.
Hernández work was the subject of solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Münster, Kunsthalle Lingen, Haus der Kunst Munich, Aachen Kunstverein, Landesgalerie Linz and Museum Morsbroich. His work was exhibited in the Venice Biennale, Biennale of Sydney and the São Paulo Biennial.
Diango Hernández work was the subject of a critically acclaimed exhibition of new work, “Losing You Tonight,” at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen and in 2010 two installations were included in “The New Décor” at the Hayward Gallery, London. A survey exhibition of his work took place at Museo D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (MART) in Rovereto. In 2017, Marlborough Contemporary London, Alexander and Bonin NY, Galerie Barbara Thumm Berlin and Nicolas Krupp Basel presented at Unlimited, Art fair Basel Words to Sea.