By Amaury Ricardo
HAVANA TIMES – Located on Havana’s centrally-located San Rafael Boulevard, Collage Habana gallery kicked off March with the solo exhibition “Zona sagrada” (Sacred Zone) by the young visual artist Luis Enrique Milan Boza.
Luis Enrique has chosen to put his viewers in front of what is sacred and religious in different universal cultures. He has taken sculpture and drawing as the mediums for his thesis, showing sacred and religious environments through a gaze that goes beyond conceptual art.
I say beyond conceptual art because Enrique Milan is delving in an arts movement that has recently been emerging in Cuba’s creative world (I might write about this in another article): Hermetic Art.
On the ground floor of Collage Habana, you can find religious images which are mostly well-known because they transcend spiritual life. The artist plays with the viewer’s point-of-view because if they don’t know what they are standing in front of in the beginning, they don’t know what the artist is after with these new personal visions of religious totems.
Figures that drown as if they were in a black hole, a deformation of their original state, while others melt or mock themselves with a certain touch of black humor.
The reality is that every image that represents a religious state is deformed in front of the viewer, damaging their own religious beliefs, as if they themselves were self-destructing.
The exhibition on the top floor is made up of a dozen drawings, which don’t escape this path that the artist has paved as a way for us to reflect upon the loss of faith, spiritual crises, to make us know that people today have been subverting their horizons, which has led them to desacrilize the divine.
Luis Enrique Milan Boza’s zonas sagradas will be on show and open to the public at the Collage Habana gallery, on San Rafael street in Central Havana, until April 1st. Mondays-Fridays: 10 AM-6 PM and Saturdays until 2 PM.
Click on the thumbnails below to view all the photos in this gallery. On your PC or laptop, you can use the directional arrows on the keyboard to move within the gallery. On cell phones use the keys on the screen.