Un Poema a Madrid

ENRIQUE MARTÍNEZ CELAYA

Un poema a Madrid (A poem to Madrid) is a new cycle of paintings created for my upcoming exhibition at Galería Casado Santapau in Madrid, Spain. The cycle revolves around events and questions brought forth by my migration from a small town in Cuba, a former Spanish colony, to Madrid in 1972. Unlike other exhibitions, Un poema a Madrid includes clear biographical references, and it touches on memory, dislocation, home, exilic imagination, reinvention, and forgetfulness. Also, an important part of the project is the dynamic of identity and persona, especially the way they are constructed by a child who then revises them as he grows up. Conceived as a visual poem, the exhibition assembles paintings that resist being together, both, visually and conceptually, and this resistance suggests the concern is beyond appearances, or even culture.