Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art, companion volume to the exhibition of the same name at the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, documents the complete exhibition in the United States as well as the previous Queloides exhibitions in Cuba. Edited by Cuban scholar and Queloides co-curator, Alejandro de la Fuente, this 172-page full-color bilingual (English and Spanish) catalog contains four essays: “Introduction: The New Afro-Cuban Cultural Movement,” by Alejandro de la Fuente; “Queloides: A History,” by Omar Pascual Castillo; “Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art” by Odette Casamayor; and “Racism: Parody and Postcommunism” by Dennys Matos.
The Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art catalog also includes extensive full-color photographic documentation of works in the exhibitions at the Wifredo Lam Center and the Mattress Factory and biographies of each of the 13 artists participating in the exhibitions: Pedro Álvarez, Manuel Arenas, Belkis Ayón, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Roberto Diago, Alexis Esquivel, Armando Mariño, Marta María Pérez Bravo, René Peña, Douglas Pérez, Elio Rodríguez Valdes, and José Toirac and Meira Marrero.
“The exhibition Queloides provides a context for open discussion of the issues of racism, social justice, and democracy – not only in Cuba but in the United States and in our own neighborhood.”
– Luderowski & Olijnyk, page 6
172 pages, full color. 11” x 11”. 2010.