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In the streets of Havana, everyone knows Jorge Alberto Cadi as « El Buzo » - the diver - because he’s constantly searching material for his works in the city’s abandoned objects. Boltanskian by his memorial use of photography, Warholian by his taste for stitching images together, Cadi always seeks to reveal what these photographs are hiding. The gallery showed his work for the first time ever in 2019; it will be introduced to a wider public in the second edition of Photo | Brut, a joint show hosted first by the Arles Rencontres photographiques, then by the Centrale and Botanique in Brussels in 2022. His work is notably part of the collections of the Musée national d’Art moderne (Pompidou).

Jorge Alberto Cadi - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1963 —
Country Cuba

In the streets of Havana, Jorge Alberto Hernández Cadi is only known as « El Buzo ». This Cuban artist, like his brother, suffers from schizophrenia and is nicknamed the « diver » because he is constantly looking for material for his works among the city’s abandonned objects.

It is on the outside and inside of containers such as suitcases, brass or wooden boxes that Cadi pastes black and white photographs on which he uses a blue pen. Thus, touching family scenes are transformed into grotesque, even satanic images, where the characters are deprived of their faces or characterized by diabolic features such as long ears, horns or claws. Far from addressing the theme of loss of identity, the ripped faces reappear in a macabre way on other parts of the composition. They are then not only glued but literally sewn onto the support.

As he expresses it, these anonymous photographs from another time speak of the emigration, the departures, the farewells, the separations that marked his country. The same goes for this predilection for suitcases. “When you close the suitcase, you bring together people who have never seen each other before. They are going back to travel… Sometimes in another dimension”. It is also about what has been sewn and uncoupled, what is being repeated. “We’re a bit sewn up by time,” he says.

A fan of meditative gymnastics and martial arts (Karate, Judo, Wing Tsun), Cadi practices, in addition to collage, drawing and pottery.

Together with Misleidys Castillo Pedroso, Cadi is one of the most famous representatives of Cuban art brut.

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Jorge Alberto Cadi : el buzo - © christian berst — art brut

Foreword : Christian Berst.
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Jorge Alberto Cadi : el buzo, from October 12 to November 23, 2019.

collection Bruno Decharme, Botanique, CENTRALE for contemporary art, Art et marges musée & Tiny Gallery. From November 24, 2022 to March 19, 2023.
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curated by Laurent Quénéhen, the bridge by christian berst. From February 13 to March 19, 2021.
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curated by gaël charbau, the bridge. From October 22, 2020 to January 24, 2021.
#47, cancelled. From October 21 to 25, 2020.
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real bodies, at the gallery. From June 14 to July 11, 2020.
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French Alliance in Havana. From October 8 to November 21, 2019.
solo show of Jorge Alberto Cadi at Paris Photo, Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris, 2022 - © christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *Jorge Alberto Cadi : El Buzo*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2019 - © ©christian berst art brut, photo: Elena Groud, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *photo brut #2*, le botanique, brussels, 2022-2023 - © © Luk Vander Plaetse, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *Jorge Alberto Cadi : El Buzo*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2019 - © ©christian berst art brut, photo: Elena Groud, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *Jorge Alberto Cadi : El Buzo*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2019 - © ©christian berst art brut, photo: Elena Groud, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *monster* curator : Nancy Huston, the bridge by christian berst, Paris, 2021 - © christian berst — art brut
Press review
Croix et bouche cousue
Stéphanie Pioda, Le Quotidien De L’art. March 12, 2023.
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Valérie Duponchelle, Le Figaro. February 28, 2023.
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Bruno Dubreuil, Viens Voir Blog. January 11, 2023.
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Anna Sansom, Artnet. November 14, 2022.
Paris Photo 2022 : cinq stands immanquables !
La Rédaction, Fisheye. November 12, 2022.
Paris Photo : coup de projecteur sur neuf artistes, dans la ruche du Grand Palais Éphémère
Christophe Airaud, France Info Culture. November 11, 2022.
Paris Photo fête ses 25 ans au Grand Palais Éphémère
Salomé Mathieu, Milk Decoration. November 11, 2022.
Paris Photo, grand tirage
Théo Bellanger, Zone Critique. November 11, 2022.
Paris Photo : quelques morceaux de choix parmi un monceau de merveilles
Yasmine Youssi, Télérama. November 10, 2022.
On a laissé traîner notre œil sur les images les plus fortes de Paris Photo
Julien Bordier, L’Obs. November 10, 2022.
8 stands qui nous ont éblouis à Paris Photo
Inès Boittiaux, Beaux Arts Magazine. November 10, 2022.
La photo fait sa foire à Paris Photo
Ivan Mouton, Radio Vinci. November 10, 2022.
«Paris Photo 2022» sage comme une image
Valérie Duponchette Et Béatrice De Rochebouët, Le Figaro. November 10, 2022.
À Paris Photo, une floraison de bonnes images
Alexandre Crochet, The Art Newspaper. November 9, 2022.
Florence Bourgeois “Paris Photo est là pour servir l’écosystème de la photographie”
Fabien Simode, L’Œil. November 9, 2022.
Paris Photo. Ça c’est du support !
Clémentine Mercier, Libération. November 8, 2022.
Paris Photo 2022. At 25, springtime of life
Sophie Bernard, Le Quotidien De L’art. November 8, 2022.
«Paris Photo offre le panorama le plus complet de la photographie mondiale »
Louise Rondel-Le Ninan, Le Figaro. November 6, 2022.
7 Questions for Gallerist Christian Berst About How He Put Art Brut on the Map
Annikka Olsen, Artnet. October 18, 2022.
treger saint silvestre collection : the art brut collection!. at Gugging
Yaysis Ojeda Becerra, Raw Vision. August 26, 2022.
L’Art Brut. De Dubuffet à Bowie. Confidences du galeriste Christian Berst
Joseph Achoury Klejman, Best. June 5, 2022.
conversation : what is art brut photography all about?
Marc Donnadieu, Corinne Rondeau, Bruno Decharme, Christian Berst, Paris Photo - La Plateforme, Youtube. November 13, 2021.
Phonomaton avec Philippe Cohen-Solal Sur Jorge Alberto Cadi chez Christian Berst
Anaël Pigeat, Philippe Cohen-Solal, Christian Berst, Spotify. July 28, 2021.
En manque d’expos ? Six idées de galeries à visiter
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. December 17, 2020.
Christian Berst : dialogues with art brut
Catherine Millet, Artpress. October 23, 2020.
christian berst, l’art brut comme un art contemporain
Emma Noyant, Art Absolument. October 9, 2020.
is there such a thing as outsider photography?
Claire Margat, Artpress. May 22, 2020.
l’objet valise de jorge alberto cadi
Claire Margat, Artpress. November 13, 2019.
la photo brute peut-elle être une catégorie de l’art brut
Bruno Dubreuil, Blog Viens Voir. November 13, 2019.
sélection galerie : jorge alberto cadi chez christian berst
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. November 8, 2019.
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