El Organo Oriental - 12th havana biennial / by Antonio Jose Guzman


HAVANA – May 20, 2015

During The 12th Havana Biennial, The Wilfredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art & The Development Center for the Visual Arts will open a unique exhibition featuring work from Panamanian Dutch artist Antonio Jose Guzman on May 22. In Project ELOO El Organo Oriental, the organ plays music that has been composed using the information elements from the Guzman’s DNA. The enlarged sheets of the unique organ score hang suspended in the space. This makes the DNA not only audible but also visible, the installation also includes photos of his highly regarded photo series the Forbidden Kingdom. In addition, the Cuban orchestra La Tradicion Del Milenio will support the exhibition on a daily basis.

Born in 1971 in Panama City, Panama, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Antonio Jose Guzman was one of the first Panamanian artists to embrace scientific research and conceptual abstraction in his work. Guzman studied in Panama, New York, Costa Rica and at the Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

ELOO from Antonio Jose Guzman is a collaboration between the Wilfredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art and Atelier GF Workstation Amsterdam, the project has been generously supported by the Mondriaan Foundation from the Netherlands.

“In keeping with our dedication of exhibiting and researching the work by Latin American artists like Antonio Jose Guzman, The Wilfredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art is pleased to launch Project ELOO during the 12th Havana Biennial ,” says the Biennial Director Jorge Fernandez Torres at the Cuban renown television program Mesa Redonda. “Guzman’s work is groundbreaking and merits the attention of a wider audience. This exhibition combines his innovative work with fascinating aspects of his art process.”

“It’s important to say that in the 12th Havana Biennial upcoming artists like Antonio Jose Guzman will come into contact with legendary artists like Michelangelo Pistoletto; Daniel Buren, Anish Kapoor or Joseph Kosuth. The Havana Biennial, for many of these artists, will be a major release.”

ABOUT THE Biennial

Between the Idea and Experience

May 22 – June 22, 2015

Curatorial team: Jorge Fernandez Torres, Director Havana Biennial and Curator, Margarita Gonzalez Lorente, Artistic Director Havana Biennial and Curator.

Curators: Nelson Herrera Ysla, Jose Manuel Noceda Fernandez, Margarita Sanchez Prieto, Ibis Hernandez Abascal, Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda, and Jose Fernandez Portal.

This year, the program of activities includes performances from the worlds of dance, theatre, music, film and literature. In the words of one of the organisers: “It won’t be a Biennial for collectors or gallerists, but rather to make a connection with the city”. There will be no official opening or specific venue; art will spill out of the galleries, bursting into the streets which will be bubbling with ideas.

The 12th Biennial will be held in squares, parks and urban spaces, as well as in the usual venues for the event, including the Wifredo Lam Centre of Contemporary Art, the photo library Fototeca de Cuba, the Centre for the Development of Visual Arts and the Cuba Pavilion.

For more images and more information, contact:

Atelier GF Workstation, +31627340646,