Every other year in Cuba there is an art event called the Havana Biennial. It is specifically designed to bring global attention to the often under-represented work of contemporary Latin American artists living and working in developing nations. This year there is a de-emphasis on gallery level work and instead a focus on showing off some of the street art and non-elite artists of the area. Crochet has played a small role in that cool twist on the event.
Thanks to the way that the event is happening this year, people of all income levels can see the art that the event celebrates. There are murals on alley walls and installations in public spaces. One of the key areas that has been transformed by the event is The Malecon, which is the popular seawall area. Above you can see an image of a project by Aimee García who got a group of women together to crochet right there on the waterfront. (bron)
Aimee García is a Cuban artist whose work is about Cuba but also specifically about women’s experiences. Consider this image:
Riendas (Reins), 2004, bron
Last year her work was part of a New York art project called Cuban Visions designed to raise awareness about Cuban art among New Yorkers. According to a bio from Fraser Gallery, haar “work has been also exhibited in the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spanje, Argentinië, Israël, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Lebanon”.
From what I can tell she mostly does oil painting and doesn’t seem to have a large body of crochet work but she chose to include crochet in her interactive work at the Havana Biennial, perhaps because it’s such an easy collaborative craft that women can join in on.