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《孤島之夜》-Ibrahim Miranda地圖系列個展
Reminiscence of the Island – The Map Series of Ibrahim Miranda

Oct,5,2013-Oct,26,2013

Chi-Wen Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Cuban artist, Ibrahim Miranda. This map series is 15-years in the making, inspired by cartography and Chinese calligraphy, depicting the reminiscences and ghostly apparitions of the Islander in confrontation with history and modernity.

The initial process is to attach together six pages taken from an Atlas to form a large two meter scroll that acts as the canvas for his ideas. His concern with exploring Cuba’s history and geography shows in the mutated shapes of the island at different stages. Influenced by Cuban writer Jose Lezama Lima’s poem Noches Insulares; Jardines Invisibles, which depicts Cuba as “sleek and divided” and in a state of infinite metamorphosis.

Matrix and Technique are two main elements. The former, being a map of Cuba, refers to the artist’s country of birth, while the latter is a woodcut process- the oldest known mode of technical reproduction.

Ibrahim Miranda is one of the participating artists in the group show, Dreams and Realities: Visions from Taiwan and Cuba of Post Cold War, which Chi-Wen Gallery presented at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2013. The show was to illustrate artists who experienced the end of Cold War from geographically distant points but within similar patterns, created by the flow of capital. Reminiscences of the Island is consistent with the above concept and selected 25 pieces of the map, providing different insight of Cuba, as what Ibrahim described: “I turn my Island into something that one never knows what exactly it is, because it experiences an endless metamorphosis…”


Ibrahim Miranda (b, 1969 in Pinar del Río)
Graduated from ISA in 1993. Among his most recent personal projects are: “Loop. Osvaldo Yero/ Ibrahim Miranda”, Galería 23 y 12, Havana, 2008; “Anamorfosis”, Havana Galerie, Zürich, 2007; “Contemporary Caribbean Art”, Brooklyn Museum, New York, 2007; “PrintedMatter Contemporary Works from GraphicStudio”, Emory University, Georgia, 2006; “Grabados Cubanos/Cuban Prints–Contemporary Visual Narratives”, Sydney Mishkin Gallery, New York, 2005。He currently lives and works in Havana.


Chi-Wen Gallery 於10月份推出古巴藝術家Ibrahim Miranda的亞洲首次個展,展出藝術家創作長達15年的地圖系列作品。地圖系列為Ibrahim Miranda最具複雜藝術表現的作品之一,藝術家透過多疊層次的製圖法和拼貼,反應生活在古巴這座孤島上,人民對歷史記憶、國際定位和自我身份尋求間產生的衝突拉扯及認同上的心路歷程。

二米長的地圖上,以六張自地圖集選取的頁面組合而成,作為畫布捲軸的基底;而後畫上各種象徵古巴歷史文化的圖像與詩文,疊影出歷史的記憶、魅影般的動物、人物和不同物件的異象作為一種訊息的傳達 。

Ibrahim Miranda的作品深受古巴詩人Jose Lezama Lima的影響,截取詩中描繪古巴本島在歷史脈絡下無限變形的狀態,藝術家精準地測量剪輯拼貼圖像,再平整地層層複印,最後使底部圖像模糊,不易辨識。因此,在觀看每張地圖時,實則無法一眼便清楚分辨地圖裡的元素,然而仔細品味後會發現每張地圖其實環繞著兩大主題:母體(matrix)與技法(technique)。前者代表古巴地理上的位置,象徵藝術家的原生地;後者則代表藝術家紮實的木雕訓練──一種最原始復刻表現的方式,來表達生活在島上的人對於逃離現實與回歸原始的焦慮。

Ibrahim Miranda為Chi-Wen Gallery參加2013年香港巴塞爾藝博會所推出的群展《夢與現實-後冷戰時期的台灣與古巴》參展藝術家之一,該展覽試圖透過兩地藝術發展的不同語彙來討論個人與社會所面臨的迫切感;《孤島之夜》便是在此脈絡延伸下,精選出Ibrahim歷年來創作的25件地圖,首次展示於亞洲觀眾,呈現Ibrahim Miranda最為人細細品嘗的系列作品。


Ibrahim Miranda1969年出生於 Pinar del Río,1993年畢業於ISA (Superior Institute of Art。歷年重要展覽包括: “Loop. Osvaldo Yero/ Ibrahim Miranda”, Galería 23 y 12, Havana, 2008; “Anamorfosis”, Havana Galerie, Zürich, 2007; “Contemporary Caribbean Art”, Brooklyn Museum, New York, 2007; “PrintedMatter Contemporary Works from GraphicStudio”, Emory University, Georgia, 2006; “Grabados Cubanos/Cuban Prints–Contemporary Visual Narratives”, Sydney Mishkin Gallery, New York, 2005。目前定居工作於哈瓦那。