Carlos Martiel "Intruder (America)" | Opening Reception

MARCH 6 - 30, 2018

AC Institute is pleased to present Intruder (America), a new piece by Carlos Martiel on March 6th, 2018 at 7 pm. The exhibition will be on view from March 6 – 30, 2018.

Intruder (America) is the first of two iterations of a new performance by Cuban artist Carlos Martiel. The piece derives its inspiration from the current migratory crisis that has quickly intensified and exacerbated in the United States after the election of Donald Trump.

As the first of a two-part piece being presented in the United States, the second piece will be presented in Europe. Both continents have an exceeding impact in the world’s migration pattern and have been the catalyst for the current migratory effects around the world. The piece reflects on the political migrations that have restricted access to immigrants and those seeking political asylum in the United States, similar to the xenophobia and hostility that many immigrant groups face today inside immigration detention centers.


Carlos Martiel (born 1989, Havana). He Lives and works in New York and Havana. He graduated in 2009 from the National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro,” in Havana. Between the years 2008-2010, he studied in the Cátedra Arte de Conducta, directed by the artist Tania Bruguera. Martiel’s works have been included in: 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Casablanca Biennale, Casablanca, Morocco; Biennial “La Otra”, Bogotá, Colombia; Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom; Pontevedra Biennial, Galicia, Spain; Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba. He has had performances at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Houston, USA; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia (MACZUL), Maracaibo, Venezuela; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA; Nitsch Museum, Naples, Italy. He has received several awards, including the Franklin Furnace Fund in New York, USA, 2016; “CIFOS Grants & Commissions Program Award” in Miami, USA, 2014; “Arte Laguna” in Venice, Italy, 2013. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, USA; Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee (ZAC), Palermo, Italy; Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, USA; Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; Tornielli Museum, Ameno, Italy; Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, Argentina; among others.

Photo above: Carlos Martiel, Mediterráneo, 2017, 57th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, Venice, Italy. Photographer: Annamaria La Mastra. Photo courtesy Rossmut Gallery.