In the streets of Havana, Jorge Alberto Hernández Cadi is only known as "El Buzo". This Cuban artist, like his brother, suffers from schizophrenia and is nicknamed the "diver" because he is constantly looking for material for his works in the city's rubbish bins.
It is on the outside and inside of containers such as suitcases, brass or wooden boxes that Cadi pastes black and white photographs on which he uses a blue pen. Thus, touching family scenes are transformed into grotesque, even satanic images, where the characters are deprived of their faces or characterized by diabolic features such as long ears, horns or claws. Far from addressing the theme of loss of identity, the ripped faces reappear in a macabre way on other parts of the composition. They are then not only glued but literally sewn onto the support.
As he expresses it, these anonymous photographs from another time speak of the emigration, the departures, the farewells, the separations that marked his country. The same goes for this predilection for suitcases. "When you close the suitcase, you bring together people who have never seen each other before. They are going back to travel... Sometimes in another dimension". It is also about what has been sewn and uncoupled, what is being repeated. "We're a bit sewn up by time," he says.
A fan of meditative gymnastics and martial arts (Karate, Judo, Wing Tsun), Cadi practices, in addition to collage, drawing and pottery.
Together with Misleidys Castillo Pedroso, Cadi is one of the most famous representatives of Cuban art brut.
jorge alberto cadi : el buzo, christian berst art brut, paris, from october 12th to november 23th, 2019.
habana brut, alliance française, la havane, cuba, from october 8th to november 21st, 2019.
exhibition catalogue, jorge alberto cadi : el buzo, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2019.
selective press review
- l'objet valise de jorge alberto cadi authors claire margat in artpress, November 13, 2019.
- la photo brute peut-elle être une catégorie de l'art brut authors bruno dubreuil in blog viens voir, november 13, 2019.
- sélection galerie : jorge alberto cadi chez christian berst authors philippe dagen in le monde, november 8, 2019.