Carlos Garaicoa - Latin America New York Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    Carlos Garaicoa participated in a project in Cuito Cuanavale, Angola, a place where many young Cubans fought a war far away from home. A whole generation was scarred by this experience. Noted Cuban writer Orlando Hernández wrote a moving essay about this work, from which we have selected a passage here:

    "Logically, the photograph was taken after the inscription was made. It has no other choice than repeating and overwriting the phrase. Not only does this turn it into an evidence of the matter, but also a commentary. Whether such commentary represents an adherence or accusation will only depend from our own reading of it. If the photographer had moved slightly to the right or to the left, the inscription could have been left out from sight and our judgment would have not been affected by its presence. The intentional selection of the objective is what makes the photograph, not the inscription, the thing that is telling us with the unobjectionable language of the image that 'Aquí estuvieron los cubanos (Here were the Cubans)'.

Sold to benefit FLORA ars+natura


Aquí estuvieron los cubanos (I and II)

each numbered "AP #1" lower left; further signed "C Garaicoa" lower right
cibachrome print, in 2 parts
each: 19 3/4 x 23 5/8 in. (50.2 x 60 cm)
Executed in 1996, this work is artist proof 1 of 3 from an edition of 5.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $11,875

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Latin America

New York Auction 24 May 2017