• Carlos Garaicoa, No Way Out, 2002, wooden table, wire, rice paper, light, dimensions variable.

    Carlos Garaicoa

    Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
    June 9–September 5, 2010

    Curated by Seán Kissane

    Since the 1990s, Cuban-born Carlos Garaicoa has been deploying idiosyncratic materials to investigate architecture. Take, for instance, his manipulated photographs of modern “ruins,” in which damaged sites—collapsed buildings, shop facades with missing letters—in Havana and other cities are traced in lines of colored thread. Or his constructions made from books, candles, rice-paper lamps, and so on, which engage functional Neoclassical structures as often as they do the mid-twentieth-century creations that followed, giving a rest to the tired fad of singling out modernism for critique. Several such examples will be on view here, as will work from Garaicoa’s 2009 series “Crown Jewels”: models of international disciplinary infrastructure—prisons, torture centers— cast in silver, thus becoming visible at the inevitable cost of being fetishized. The accompanying catalogue offers essays by Kissane, Okwui Enwezor, and Cuauhtémoc Medina.