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TÓMESE EL TIEMPO - TAKE THE TIME

About the sculpture shown in Cuba, for the Havana Biennial 2015.

The context.
'Cuba : a Communist dictatorship...'. I would rather call it a socialist reality. Participating in the Havana Biennial is an uncommon opportunity because it implies a confrontation of a different way of life and of a new culture, totally different from mine in many ways. Making a piece on site, in twelve days, is a challenge, an experience.

The experience.
Tinted with slight irony (Caribbean people generally take their time), the phrase built in maxim whose full significance is revealed when created. Initially planned to be made of concrete iron rods, the structure is eventually made of solid stainless steel. I tried to find some concrete iron rods at the black market in the Havana because they were some everywhere, even to create beautiful gates...in vain! Each interlocutor promised they would get the material the next day (mañana is the first Spanish word I learnt and probably the most used in Cuba). After five days of procrastination, the craftsman with whom I work tells me he could only acquire stainless steel. So be it!

Time.
Differently apprehended in every part of the world, time regulates our daytime cycle. Confronting the Cuban temporal rhythm when you are a young European is an interesting experience...far from stress, the non-ending obsession of information, the attention to fixed time schedules and from superfluous needs. Beyond irony, this phrase neatly embodies a kind of benevolence to address political and social changes gradually emerging in Cuba. Take the time for changes, do not rush into alienation that we all know too well nowadays...That is probably the subliminal message of this mounted piece! Located at the entrance of a particular villa, between private and public space, the sculpture reflects a revolutionary slogan, after those that disappear little by little in the Havana.

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