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Libreta de Notas, 2023–24

series of drawings

Libreta de Notas are a series of pieces made of ink and pencil on paper, in which Castillo explores reminiscences of modernist designs in order to understand and reconstruct his country’s aesthetic heritage.

When discussing the series, the artist says: “I decided to show my work process and the tools that I use in the daily research as an artwork itself. I am not a designer, and I don't try to be either, however I pretend to use every one of my artworks as a means to get closer to everything that interests me and particularly to all this imaginery which remains as a vague memory into the Cuban design and aesthetic history.

In some way I feel the need to get into the skin of this [fictional] man, a modest collector of objects, images and legacies, a character I decided to interpret.”

Ink, pencil on paper
50.2 x 41.7 x 6 cm

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Marco A. Castillo

Marco A. Castillo is co-founder of the collective Los Carpinteros. The group was created in 1992 in Havana, Cuba, to develop practices that combine architectural forms, design and art, independent of individual authorship. While the collective gained wide international recognition as a group, Castillo has also been recognized for his individual work. In his career as an individual artist, he has experimented with the intersections between fine art, applied art, and decorative art to problematize aesthetic expectations and preconceptions associated with the Latin American history of modernism, socialist design, and Cuban traditions. In doing so, he also focuses on Cuba's current political developments as well as the now often forgotten achievements of modern Cuban architects and designers. He has been awarded different prizes, latest being the Medalla por la Cultura Nacional (Cuba, 2002).

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