In residence at Cannonball July-September 2014, Cuban-born artist Carlos Martiel produced Sentence, a performance that reacted to his unnerving encounter with the urban and social experience of contemporary Miami, particularly in areas of north downtown and Overtown.
Known for performances that explore the coercive interactions between the individual and the state, particularly as these revolve around race and Afro-Atlantic heritage, Martiel enlarged the scope of his concerns with this piece: from identity to concrete economic conditions; from autobiography to social narrative; from the kind of inscription on the body that a centralized state produces to another one that results from the more diffuse forces of economic disparity. Fully-covered by a weighty concrete-layered bedspread bolted to the sidewalk, Martiel lay naked on an Overtown sidewalk for over three hours on the evening of September 12.
Carlos Martiel (Havana, 1989) graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts, Havana in 2009. His work has been included in the Havana Biennial (2009); Pontevedra Biennial, Galicia (2010); Liverpool Biennial (2010); and Biennial La Otra, Bogota (2013); and the International Performance Art Biennale, Houston (2014) He has had solo exhibitions at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana (2012); Museo Museum, Naples (2013); Axeneo 7, Montreal (2013); Galería Lux, Guatemala City (2013); and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2014).
Martiel’s residency is part of an ongoing partnership between Cannonball and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO). During his residency, Martiel will create new work to be included in CIFO’s annula Grants and Commissions Program exhibition. Opening in early September, this year’s exhibition includes artists Pablo Accinelli (Argentina), Teresa Burga (Peru), Nayari Castillo (Venezuela), Claudia Joskowicz (Bolivia), Marcellvs L. (Brazil), Carlos Martiel (Cuba); Mateo Pizarro (Colombia), Adrian Regnier (Mexico), Rosângela Rennó (Brazil), and Antonieta Sosa (Venezuela).