While in Cuba, artist Harold Mendez encountered sites of commemoration, offering, and sacrifice to Cuban artist Belkis Ayón. “Counterweight” depicts such an offerings – an industrial steel weights, found on a trip to Captiva Island.

Currently traveling is a retrospective “dedicated to the work of Belkis Ayón, the late Cuban visual artist and printmaker who mined the founding myth of the Afro-Cuban fraternal society of Abaquá to create an independent and powerful visual iconography.” The retrospective, currently at the Chicago Cultural Arts Center has been extended through Sept 22, 2020.

Read more and see the final prints created by Harold Mendez during his Tamarind residency: tamarind.unm.edu/artist/harold-mendez/

Image: Harold Mendez, Counterweight, 2018.

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