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Luis Gómez. The Men Who Never Existed

Luis Gómez. The Men Who Never Existed

During 2018 Tasneem Gallery will present a series of exhibitions in Berlin.

This cycle will begin with the exhibition The men who never existed by the Cuban artist Luis Gómez, comprising of three series of works carried out by artist in the last twelve years. Central to the exhibition is the video-programming of the same name, The men who never existed, presented for the first time in the 9th Havana Biennial, a composition of names of personalities that influenced the history of humanity as we know it, but who with the passage of time and contemporary reorganization have been forgotten, or knowledge of their work diminished. The video, a slow moving reformulation in which only the name of Pythagoras stays constant,  illustrates how collective action generalizes details and erases individuality. It also points to how we make constant use of knowledge, restructuring it, blurring it until it almost becomes indefinite, confused and invisible.
Supporting and contrasting this key proposition of the artist are two series of drawings.

The drawings of Gestalt play with the idea of a humanistic and reconstructive therapy, making reference to the awareness of the individual, mental state that according to this therapy will allow the client to understand himself as a more complete, lively and creative being.

With the series Untitled the artist formulates his perception of objects in the space. The series consists of charcoal drawings on cardboard where the flat figures lose the details and contrast with the background. These pieces are studies of forms and structures; they are a bank of ideas, a part of the creative process.

The exhibition can be visited by appointment only. Please contact:

About the artist

Luis Gómez( Havana, 1968) is a graduate of the High Institute of Art in Havana (ISA), currently he is head of Chair of New Media Lab in the ISA. His work has been exhibited at the PAC Milano, the USF Contemporary Art Museum,Tampa, USA, Armory Art Center, Miami, FL, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, in the 49 and 56 Esposizione Internazionale D´ARTE, Venice Biennale, in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New York, USA, at the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany, at the Barbican Center, London, UK, in Art Basel and Maastricht and the Havana Biennial. He has participated in several Art Residences from institutions like the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, the Europe University of Madrid in Spain and The Ohio State University, Ohio, USA and the ASU Arizona State University.

His work is in many different collections including the Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany, the Arizona State University Art Museum, USA, the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, Ohio, USA, the NINART, Mexico City, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, the Van Reekum Museum Apeldoorn, Holland, El Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Track Sixteen Gallery and the Wakita Museum of Art, Japan.

Luis Gómez

The men who never existed
11 January - 15 March, 2018

Schreinerstrasse 39A
10247 Berlín
By appointment only