Wilfredo Prieto’s work (Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, 1978) indistinctly implements installation, video or performance, proposing spaces for reflection around power, the paradoxes of social relations and the effect and incidence of economic and political fluctuations. At the same time, he handles a peculiar poetics of scale, giving meaning to the magnitude of an object and the banality of a gesture. His work questions the basic structures of contemporary culture and reflects on consumption, society and thought itself. His actions move between the subtle and the obvious, an invitation to distance ourselves from common experiences.

Wilfredo Prieto appropriates the world around him to shape ideas with radical, precarious and fragile gestures. Through his work he presents metaphors that are crystallized in everyday objects and recognizable materials of everyday life.

Wilfredo Prieto lives and works in Havana, Cuba.

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Selected works

Avalancha

2003
Straight line made with spheres assembled from smallest to largest
Dimensions variable

Eclipse (Euro)

2010
Two coins
2.5 × 3.3 cm (3132 × 1 516 inches)

Miren el tamaño de este mango (Look at the size of this mango)

2011
Mango, blackberry and rubber band
Dimensions variable

Tied up to the table leg

2011
Table, rope and helicopter
Dimensions variable

Pantalones rotos (Torn Jeans)

2012
Horses and a pair of Levi’s jeans
Dimensions variable

Hoja verde

2018
Leaf, acrylic paint
40 × 25 × 10 cm (15 34 × 9 2732 × 3 1516 inches)

Amor

2019
Papaya seed and porexpan
1 × 0.5 cm (38 × 316 inches)

Flowers with Chanel No5

2011
Plant, perfume
Dimensions variable

Monument

2008-2012
Concrete mixer truck, cement
Dimensions variable

The round ball comes in a square box

2011
Ball, box
34 × 25 × 25 cm (13 38 × 9 2732 × 9 2732 inches)

Magnet and gum

2012
Magnet, gum
15.5 × 6 × 1 cm (6 332 × 2 38 × 38 inches)

Una aguja en un pajar (Needle in a haystack)

2012
Needle, starw
Dimensions variable

Untitled (white library)

2004
White books, shelve, tables and chairs
Dimensions variable

Magia

2002
Metal, rubber, plastic
100 × 320 × 60 cm (39 38 × 125 3132 × 23 58 inches)

Papas piedras

2017
Potatoes, stones
Dimensions variable

Fantasmas en el aeropuerto

2020
Acrylic on canvas
29.7 × 42 cm (11 1116 × 16 1732 inches)

La carrera por la presidencia

2020
Acrylic on canvas
29.7 × 42 cm (11 1116 × 16 1732 inches)

Apolítico (versión diagonal)

2004
Chalk on blue paper
70 × 100 cm (27 916 × 39 38 inches)

Speech

1999
Toilet roll made with newspaper
⌀10 cm (⌀3 1516 inches)

Matriuska

2004
Pencil on paper
100 × 70 cm (39 38 × 27 916 inches)

Installation

Chiudere un occhio

2019
Fondazione Morra Greco
Naples

No se puede hacer una revolución con guantes de seda

2016
Kurimanzutto
Mexico City

Composicions

2016
Latitudes
Barcelona gGallery Weekend
Barcelona

Ping Pong Grid

2015
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Havana

System Error

2015
MACZUL - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del Zulia
Maracaibo

Itinerarios XXI

2015
Fundación Botín
Santander

Beso

2015
ArtLine Art Prize
Milan

Speaking Badly about Stones

2014
S.M.A.K.
Ghent

The View of the Garden of Helene Hollandt

2014
Kunstverein Braunschweig

Primer acto: Inauguración

2012
Museo Tamayo
Mexico City

Balancing the Curve

2012
HangarBicocca
Milan

A Museum That is Not

2011
Times Museum
Guangzhou

Left/Right

2011
MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo
Vigo

Landscape with the fall of Icarus

2011
Kunsthalle Lissabon
Lisbon

Amarrado a la pata de la mesa (Tied up to the table leg)

2011
CAM2 - Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo
Madrid

I’m Not Here. An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs

2010
De Appel Boys’ School
Amsterdam

Thessaloniki Biennial

2009
Thessaloniki

That Was Then…This is Now

2008
PS1 MoMA
New York

52 Venice Biennale

2007
Italo-Latinamerican Pavilion
Venice

VIII Havana Biennial

2003
Wilfredo Lam Centre of Contemporary Art
Havana

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Exhibitions

Parar la fresca

Fonteta
Jun 18 - Aug 03, 2021

We’re delighted to present a joint project by Bombon, Galeria Joan Prats and NoguerasBlanchard in Fonteta, a small village in the Empordà region from June to September.

The exhibition, conceived in two chapters (the first opening June 18th and the second August 7th) brings together artists from three different generations. The proposal begins with a concept from the Empordà Parar la fresca (to take in fresh air) described by Josep Pla in the book Las Horas (The Hours), 1953.

c/ Empordà, 10, Fonteta, Girona
Jun and Sep: Friday to Sunday, 5 – 9 pm
Jul and Aug: Monday to Sunday, 5 – 9 pm
or by appointment at (+34) 644 524 969

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Un encuentro improbable

Madrid
Jun 12 - Jul 24, 2021
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Thank you, gracias

Madrid
Jan 20 - Mar 10, 2018

Thank you, gracias allows for a deeper undertsanding of the intertextual nature that underlies Schlesinger and Prieto’s Works as it forces them to live together under very particular conditions, favoring the emergence of connections between elements that wouldn’t necesarily have them.

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In the mind of God

Madrid
Sep 14 - Nov 18, 2017
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WATCHDOG-LAPDOG-PLAYDOG

Barcelona
Apr 02 - May 07, 2016

“The press is a watchdog. Not a lapdog. A watchdog. Now, a watchdog can’t be right all the time. He doesn’t bark only when he sees or smells something that’s dangerous. A good watchdog barks at things that are suspicious.” -Dan Rather (American journalist and a former anchor for CBS Evening News)

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Meditaremos em silêncio a diferença entre nós

Madrid
Nov 14, 2015 - Jan 09, 2016

Curated by Tiago de Abreu Pinto

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An illuminated rock, an unilluminated rock

Barcelona
Feb 08 - Mar 07, 2013
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A coffee made by Di

Madrid
Feb 02 - Mar 20, 2013

Internationally recognized for his installations, objects, and interventions Prieto has developed an extensive body of works on paper that runs parallel to his larger projects.

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Negro, mate, seco

Barcelona
Nov 25, 2010 - Jan 22, 2011

Prieto recreates a symbolic landscape but at the same time, the viewer is in the middle of a workplace environment, between the leftovers of a past action and the allusion to a future one.

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s/t (alfombra roja)

Barcelona
Oct 04 - Nov 24, 2007

NoguerasBlanchard presents Wilfredo Prieto´s second solo exhibition in the gallery. Prieto´s installation s/t (alfombra roja) is comprised of a red carpet laid out in a straight line, which runs down the length of gallery.

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Extraordinary Rendition

Barcelona
Mar 22 - May 19, 2007

Curated by Latitudes (Max Andrews & Mariana Cánepa Luna)

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White library

Barcelona
Dec 27, 2004 - Feb 26, 2005

For his first project made out of Cuba, Prieto has transformed the gallery into a library, with about 6000 books in different formats and sizes, where the complete abscence of the written word aims to explore issues of deprivation and censorship and question the authority of knowledge over perception.

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