Photo: Williams Cruz Perdomo
La sangre de Caín (Caín’s blood)
Detrás del muro, 13th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba.
This work denounces censorship, marginalization, and repression, historically suffered by artists and intellectuals in Cuba. This work was created in solidarity with a small group of artists and activists who have been actively protesting inside the island against Decree 349.
Decree 349 consists of a law that restricts and criminalizes independent artistic activity in Cuba. It was created without consulting the artistic community. The law imposes limits on artistic freedom of expression. The law allows the Ministry of Culture to appointment inspectors who can censor and suspend artistic shows, impose fines and even confiscate instruments, equipment, or work permits on their own accord. Confiscation may include even real property. This would apply to anyone who approves or allows the realization of artistic services without the authorization of the State.
I remain standing in the center of an installation made of metal and wool threads, dyed with the blood of colleagues, friends, and my own, which are against the implementation of Decree 349.