Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today - Page 21

Figures 4 (above) and 5. (right) José Manuel Fors (Cuban b. 1956), Vestibulo, detail, 2007, installation, courtesy of the artist. Mayan calendar. While Fors’ photographic objects and installations have a “vintage” feel, his art is constantly looking for new ways to explore the possibilities of visual language. Fors studied art at the Academia de Arte San Alejandro, and then museology at Havana’s Instituto de Museología. His education emphasized the conceptual aspects of art as language, but also the use of space along with the material presentation of objects. Fors, who worked as a curator at Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana for ten years, creates many of his pieces with the exhibition space in mind. He studies the setting and then develops a vision that best fits the space. This is why his installations are usually made in situ, as is the case of Vestibulo, (figures 4 and 5) and Fragmented City (figure 6). In Fragmented City, like in Atados 2 (Bundles of Memory 2) (p. 27) and A la sombra de los maestros (In the Shade of the Masters) (p. 31), Fors uses two complementary forms of conceptualizing material: the collage and the synthesis, Figure 6. José Manuel Fors (Cuban b. 1956), Fragmented City, installation, size varies, courtesy of the artist. 15