Cuban artist duo Los Carpinteros reveal in their very name that they’re as interested in craft and other creative practices as in fine art, as well as in practicing art as a team rather than as individuals: they call themselves “the carpenters.” They work in performance, sculpture, design, architecture and drawing, studying post-revolutionary Cuba, employing humor to highlight the absurdity of contemporary life there as well as in their global travels.
Based in Havana and Madrid, Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez are among the most prominent artists in Latin America. They’ve created high-profile projects at venues like the Art Basel Miami Beach fair (with the Absolut Art Bureau), the Havana Biennial, the Luminato Festival in Toronto, and the V&A, in London. As if that weren’t enough, their work is represented in numerous museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Tate Gallery, London; and the Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City. They’ve exhibited their work at a laundry list of institutions, from New York’s Guggenheim Museum to the Hayward Gallery in the UK.
In this video, the duo talk about how their practice is based in dialogue; discuss their early plans to become Marxist intellectuals; and highlight that their commission for Absolut Art is the first time they have worked in photography in over ten years.