Aplauso $500/ each
2019 Screen printing on a found book. Edition: 2/2 8.5 x 5.5 x .5 ins.
Aplauso is an intervention with a Cuban book published in 2008 that includes speeches given by Fidel Castro Ruz on the occasion of the first and second Art Instructors graduations on October 20, 2004 and October 28, 2005. This educational program disappeared for material reasons and the impossibility of offering employment to so many graduates. The results of this effort are seen in the community work by the Comunitario de las Casa de Cultura in each region of Cuba and in the International Missions carried out by Cuban art instructors in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Anyelmaidelin’s intervention consists in the repeated printing of the word APPLAUSE on each page of the book conforming to the image of the Cuban flag in such a way that it does not fully cover the content. The over printing suggests how much admiration there is for these ideas and to dictation as repetitive act, the usual method of learning to write any word in Cuban elementary schools.
Red File $800, one available
2018 Edition of 3 – each is unique 9.5 inches x 6.5 inches Silkscreen on school textbook
Red File is an intervention through the serigraphy of a dogmatic school notebook about communism published by the Cuban government. Anyelmaidelin Calzadilla has answered all the questions in this notebook using the repetition of digital codes in red as horizontal and vertical patterns. Allegorical symbols of the Socialist doctrine are constructed with this digital coding.
At the time this work was created (September 2018) new decrees for the Cuban Constitution were in discussion. Decree 349 prohibits artists from using national symbols and the images of political figures in their work. Decree 349 of the new Cuban Constitution went into affect during the winter of 2019.
In one of the three versions of the Red File the codes cover almost the entire notebook, increasing in size creating an undecipherable text.
“There is a centuries-old tradition of censorship that started during Spanish colonial times and continues today,” Antón Arrufat, one of Cuba’s most respected writers, told me recently. We were discussing the controversial new law known as Decree 349, the subject of much concern within Havana’s cultural community.
The decree requires artists to obtain government approval before performing or displaying their work, while also regulating the artwork itself. For example, it prohibits audiovisual content that contains “sexist, vulgar and obscene language” or that uses “national symbols” in ways that “contravene current legislation.” Government inspectors can impose fines on offenders and confiscate their property.”
Is This the End of Cuba’s Astonishing Artistic Freedom? By Rubén Gallo professor at Princeton University. February 18, 2019 New York Times- Opinion
Collections: Special Collections and Rare Books, Library of Congress, Widener Library, Harvard University
Ría de los mecanismos
Silkscreen on fabric with digital prints. 2015 Edition of 3 $400
A few years ago I started to collect books with an interest in mechanical diagrams, technical drawings and mathematical beauty. The book: Ría de los mecanismos is a selection of 9 poems constructed from 9 pages of a book on mechanics. As its title suggests each poem inspired a rebellious, optimistic attitude that mocks the conventions, the impositions.
The book has digital reprints of 9 altered pages with screen printing of hand tools on the verso. These pages are placed inside a carrying case that could possibly store small tools.
Collections: Special Collections and Rare Books, Library of Congress
Edition of 3. 2013 17.75 x 13″ $600
Self Portrait is an unassembled box screen printed on bristle board.
Each side is printed with an image of the artist’s face. On one side of the box Anyelmaidelin used cool colors and warm colors on the opposite side. Anyelmaidelin proposes the challenge of finishing the work by leaving a part of her visible or hidden. Only the final owner of this box will decide on the outside and the inside of her self-portrait.
Exhibitions: Minnesota Center for Book Arts-2014
11.5 x 16.5 ins. Silkscreen Edition of 8 2009 $600
Four poems printed on translucent paper with images.
“Este libro sugirere un recorrido sumbólico por las casa de artista. Casa sinteizada en determinados objectos que identifican sus diferentes areas. A traés de estas páginas cuatroo poemas han sido impresos en el lugar de lo vivenda en que fueron concebidos”
“This book suggests a symbolic journey for the artist’s house. The house is synthesized in certain objects that identify their different areas. Through these pages four poems have been printed in the part of the house in that they were conceived”
Collections: Bibliotheca Librorum Apud Artificem, Sydney Australia, Trinity College, Stanford University
2017 Edition Size: 3 . $400
Dimension of each open book: 33cm x 23cm x 2.5mm, Dimension of each book closed: 16cm x 23cm x 5mm
This work is part of a series of books that I am elaborating using as support some books that my art students receive. In this case the work is a triptych composed of three variations of the same idea. It consists of the intervention of a book of Chemistry of the Cuban School. I have used images of a couple of students to whom I teach art classes, graffiti and allegorical texts to love chemistry. In this way I try to superimpose the spiritual empathy, typical of the youth ages, above the analysis and premeditation of science. With screen printing as a means of printing and color selection I intend to create a contrast between the precarious and monochromatic nature of the original design of this book and the graphic intervention. The repetition of the same representative pattern tries to suggest surreality as an act of insistence and voluntariness.