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The Alliance française de Cuba, in Havana, asked Christian Berst to curate an exhibition presenting in La Havane two of his major discoveries made there, namely Misleidys Castillo Pedroso and Jorge Hernandez Cadi aka El Buzo.

The opening will be held in the presence of H.E. the Ambassador of France, Mr. Patrice Paoli, and the Director General of the Alliance Française in Cuba, Mr. Marc Sagaert.

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portrait of misleidys castillo pedroso - © christian berst — art brut

Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso

This Cuban artist has no other means of expression than that of her creation. The walls of her home, where she lives with her mother, are covered with drawings of bodybuilders, brown tape scattered along the outlines. A true community of men, women, hermaphrodites and wildlife, Misleidys has built her sociality through her work. Discovered by the gallery in 2014, she has been featured in more than 10 international exhibitions since 2018, including New Images of Man in Los Angeles, Flying High in Vienna, and Independent in New York. Acclaimed by Matthew Higgs and Karen Wong (New Museum, NYC), the artist has been the subject of recent reviews in the New York Times and Art in America.

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Jorge Alberto Cadi - © christian berst — art brut

Jorge Alberto Cadi

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 trash cans. Boltanskian by his memorial use of photography, Warholian by his taste for stitching images together, El Buzo 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).

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