Left to right: Pablo Helguera, Instituto de la Telenovela: Fase Habana (El Derecho de Nacer) (Soap Opera Institute: Havana Phase [The Right to Be Born]), 2003. Pablo Helguera interviewing Silvia Perez Yera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam. Wilfredo Prieto, Apolítico, 2001–2003. Installation view, Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña, 2003.

VIII Bienal de Habana

Various Venues

Organized by a team of six local curators affiliated with the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, including its director, Hilda María Rodríguez Enríquez, the eighth Bienal de Habana faced difficulties on several fronts—political, financial, and conceptual. After the Cuban government arrested seventy-five Cuban intellectuals in the months prior to the exhibition and the biennial failed to distance itself from the government’s actions, the organization found itself severely compromised, as key European foundations withdrew their support. A statement by the president of the biennial’s board in the exhibition catalogue sweepingly condemns the withdrawal of funding as “part of the wave of hostile actions carried out by the European Union against Cuba.” The biennial struggled as well in trying to maintain its role in relation to the growing number of other recurring international art

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