UPCOMING PERFORMANCE

CARLOS MARTIEL

Ascención

Photo by Naheem Adio Kujenya and Juan Luque at MAAS © 2015. All rights reserved. Courtesy of the artist and MAAS.

MAAS | Mandragoras Art Space is proud to open its 2015 Programming presenting Cuban artist Carlos Martiel, on his first solo performance in New York City.

“Ascención” questions the perception of heroism as dependent on the use of power in matters of political conflict and world peace. Martiel bases his critique on the military system, where heroism is grounded on rank and rivalry, and that vindicates authoritarianism and the sacrifice of life for the common good.

Where is the line that divides a hero from a murderer?

In his piece, the artist creates a compelling situation where the audience is able to experience the consequences of patriotism and hierarchy. The problem of violence and power is a constant on Martiel’s discourse. On this occasion, it questions those at the forefront of the arms race, promoting themselves as peacemakers, but ultimately enforcing a world of dominance.