Lidzie Alvisa & Donis Llago

May 4 - June 23

Opening reception, May 4, 7-10PM

“Am I transparent? What do those in power see of me? And what do I of them?” These are some of the questions posed by Cuban artists Lidzie Alvisa and Donis Llago in their first exhibition in Boston, opening on May 4 at A R E A and on view until June 23rd. 

Alvisa plays with the perception of the viewer and uses mirrors and texts made with pins—a material that has been significant throughout her career—allowing us to appreciate and recognize ourselves in the exhibition. She addresses transparency through an exploration of the self and reflects on honesty, exposure and vulnerability. Ultimately, this body of work is based on an existential examination of the contemporary being and the relationships with time.

Llago, on the other hand, presents transparency as the ideal architecture of political power. His new paintings show buildings that have a very intimate relationship with politics in different nations. The series is a call for open governments, greater access to government data, stronger guarantees to extend the freedom of information, and broader participation of the public in decision making.

Using transparency as a guiding thread, both artists come together—from fragility expressed in Alvisa’s installations to the rigidity of the structures represented on Llago’s canvases—to make us question aspects of everyday life, a political context that is constantly changing, and the lack of transparency that characterizes current times.

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Lidzie Alvisa (Havana, 1969) works and lives in Havana, Cuba. Alvisa is a photographer, sculptor and installation artist. She graduated from the Higher Institute of Art of Havana. Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries, museums and art fairs in Cuba, Peru, Honduras, Mexico, Lebanon, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. Alvisa’s work is now part of private and institutional collections all over the world. 

Donis LLago (Havana, 1985) is a painter who works and lives in Havana, Cuba. He graduated from the San Alejandro Fine Arts Real Academy of Havana. His work has been exhibited in Cuba, Mexico, Chile, Canada and the United States and has been acquired by private and institutional collections in Mexico, Belgium and the United States.