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La courte échelle 

Guest-curated by Yto Barrada, Mateo Lopez and Carlos Garaicoa

Meriem Bennani, M'Barek Bouhchichi, Yaima Carrazana, Johanna Castillo, Juliana Góngora,

Dania González, José Manuel Mesias, Mazenett Quiroga and Santiago Reyes Villaveces

Online viewing room

July 1 to August 8, 2020

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Dania González

Vuelo (La permanencia y la fuga), 2015

Flight (Permanence and escape)

Video & two photos

Courtesy of the artist

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Flight is an action which goes through two stages, called “Permanence” and “Escape”, respectively.

The former in which the artist shows up wearing a metallic armor covered with feathers made with silver threads. In the latter, only the armor remains, like an empty shell, as a vestige, which activates presence from absence.


This plumage, by its material, its consistency and its weight, retains and immobilizes; the symbolism that encloses the feather as an element of ascension, movement and liberation, contrasts with an image that is shown from the static and the impossibility. Then we witness an empty plumage, as a vestige, or a fading symbol in transit from the corporeal plane to the ideal. The piece contains a duality between desire and reality, the material and the imagined, the circumstantial and a spiritual will in opposition.

Collateral to 12th Bienal de La Habana, Havana, Cuba


Dania González Sanabria (Matanzas, 1990) develops processual work, focused on the relationship of human creation with organic and natural processes, as a way of spiritualization, self-release and communication with the world and contexts. She graduated in Visual Arts from ISA, Havana, Cuba and Alanus Hochschule, Bonn, Germany by DAAD Stibet scholarship. Participated in pedagogical experiences such Escuela Flora ars+natura, Gabriel Orozco’s workshop in Havana, exchanges with art universities in Germany, IBA House - SEE project Lauzits, Germany, and Cuarta Pragmática group, working for important spaces and events (11th Havana Biennial and 1st Triennial in Tbilisi, Georgia). Had solo exhibitions at the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center and CDAV, in Havana, 12th and 13th Havana Biennial, Kulturkontakt Austria spaces, Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, etc. Has participated in exhibitions and events in Havana, Bogotá, Halle, Bonn, Brussels, Paris, Vienna, USA. She won awards Studio 21 (CDAV) and AHS’s, sponsored by the National Council of Fine Arts in Cuba, and residencies like KulturKontakt Austria and Artista x Artista, in Flora ars+natura, Bogotá, Colombia.

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