Mabel Poblet | CITY MAZE
35 x 35 inches in diameter | photography and plastic handset on pins in board
VIDEO DOCUMENTARY ON POBLET'S WORK
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ABOUT THE WORK
City Maze is part of the Travel Diary series that chronicles Mabel Poblet’s relationship with the world outside of her home, Cuba. Restricted from traveling for most of her life, Poblet left home for the first time at 28 expecting a world of peril, her perception shaped by Cuban news. Instead, to her delight, she found a bustling world of adventure, love, and support. The Travel Diary series takes her shattered view of the world, represented by the tiny pieces of photography in her pieces, and rebuilds them into beautiful works of art celebrating her now extensive travels. The circular shape is meant to represent her eye taking in the world.
City Maze was part of Mabel’s solo exhibition at Chanel Nexus Hall and at the Museum of Kyoto. In the exhibition’s corresponding walkthrough video, you can see a selection of these artworks in detail HERE
ABOUT MABEL POBLET
Mabel Poblet, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, in 1986, is considered one of the rising stars of the Cuban contemporary art scene. As a visual artist, her work is particularly eclectic and uses different techniques such as mixed media, photography, video art, kinetic art, performance art as well as public art. Her work is in direct relation to her life experience: her identity as a young woman who grew up in Fidel Castro’s Cuba and more generally, her relation to the world. At 37 years of age, she has already had more than 20 solo exhibitions, has been included in over 150 collective shows around the world, and has participated in major international art fairs. In 2017, she represented Cuba at the Venice Biennial with her installation SCALE OF VALUES from the series Homeland.
After graduating from the Higher Institute of Arts, Poblet also attended the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts where she was a student of Carlos Garaicoa. In 2005, she was awarded the Prize of the Jury at the Provincial Salon of Visual Arts (Cienfuegos, Cuba) and the Prize of the Provincial Council of Visual Arts at the Salon 5 (Cienfuegos, Cuba).
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