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Black Bodies-White Lies

Aug 7, 2020 - Aug 22, 2020

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Carlos Martiel (Havana, Cuba 1989) is a performance artist whose work provides heavy criticism on the ethics of the world, its history and its behavior through provocative and raw performances that explore the nature of existence, social barriers and cultural traditions.


At the heart of Martiel's work are powerful performances that raise questions about the way various societies have treated ethnic minorities and outsiders throughout history. These works also defy established values and draw attention to other pressing issues, such as the political and culturally motivated censorship and persecution present in many countries across the globe, particularly in his native Cuba. To this end, he uses physical expressions that evoke rituals and ceremonial procedures. Martiel's solo exhibition "Black Bodies-White Lies," is a compilation of


performances done previously by the artist in Buenos Aires at CCK, Denver for the Biennial of the Americas and the last one in New York, during his confinement for the pandemic, and more precisely, after George Floyd's murder.


Martiel will be performing one day during the exhibition at K Contemporary, the title of the piece is "Third Person."