Muro de Mar (Seawall)

Thousands of fishhooks, each individually fixed onto concrete panels, capture the beauty of an endless sea. But when seen up close, the protrusion of spiked hooks turns the waves into an impenetrable wall. This work reflects Cuba’s history, which since its revolution in 1959, and later its isolation by sanctions by the United States in 1962, have been in a state of conflict regarding its political future. Capote exploits his materials to speak to that history: the raw brute quality of concrete reflects Cold War architecture; the fishhooks, traditionally made, are of the Cuban people. When seen alongside Kcho’s Para Olvidar (1995), the somber monumentality of Capote’s panels capture how the sea remains a psychologically powerful border for an island whose politics are deeply integrated into the social fabric of everyday life.

Miscellaneous: The 12th Gwangju Biennale Exhibition (2018)
Shot on Sep 7, 2018