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Wilfredo Prieto

Wilfredo Prieto was born 1978 in Zaza del Medio, in the province of Santi Spiritu, Cuba. He graduated from the Higher Institute of Visual Art in La Habana in 2002. During the 8th Biennal de la Habana, he was awarded the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts as part of Galería DUPP, a group of 14 artists. He has exhibited in international events such as the Biennal de La Habana in its four last editions, the Singapore Biennale and the Biennale di Venezia (2007). He lives and works in Spain. Prieto was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2006 in New York. He recently was awarded the Premio F in Buenos Aires and the Cartier Foundation Award, with a residency at Gasworks, London, in 2008.

Using absurdity as a strategy to entangle his viewer, Wilfredo Prieto disrupts the public space or gallery through objects and interventions, which combine humor with a critical reflection on the sociopolitical reality. He estranges the objects from their initial function or natural form by introducing them into a different context or transforming the object itself with a poetically minimalistic outlook. In all that, Prieto investigates humor as an artistic strategy, creating images that are light as they are funny or absurd and loaded with meaning as a subversive reflection on contemporary politics.

At PAC, Prieto is inviting the audience to a journey of discovery throughout the space, exhibiting four small poetical works with a strongly subversive and humoristic character.