BIENNIAL OF THE AMERICAS
& K Contemporary Gallery are presenting
"South Body” a performance by Carlos Martiel
Curated by Marisa Caichiolo
Carlos Martiel is a Cuban 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 different societies have treated ethnic minorities and outsiders throughout history.
But 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.