Americas

Javier Castro
La Edad de Oro

In La Edad de Oro (The Golden Age) several children describe what they want to be when they grow up and what their best carrier option is in Cuba. Their responses are surprising contrasts to what you would expect from children. A very pertinent and eerie work about the future of Cuba, La Edad de Oro is a reference to Jose Marti’s poem (Poet and martyr of the war for independence from Spain) in which there a line “the children are the hope of the future,” that became a central rally of the Cuban revolution. A work that is, on the one hand very funny, but it catches the viewer in the realization that it is not funny at all. A simple work that brings home in a very powerful way the degenerating Cuban society and anxieties about its future.

For Javier Castro, who was born in the heart of Habana Vieja in 1984, the neighborhood possesses irrefutable solidity when it comes to focusing his creative intensity. He depicts daily scenes from this area of the city, studying its tensions as an anthropologist would. His work requires several levels of readings due to their complexity. Although he works in several media including installations and photography, he has found his best ally in video because this type of image provides him with the vitality he requires.