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Glenda León

born Havana, Cuba 1976

Over the last decade, Glenda León has created ambitious work in a variety of media. Her oeuvre is marked by a subtle poetry and a refined aesthetic that teach a different way of seeing. Often her point of departure is her deep interest in music and the exploration of transforming sound into a physical form through installation, drawing, photography and video. Glenda León approaches reality through the lens of poetry and music and rejects ordinary conceptual and minimal absolutisms. Her practice of appropriating daily objects and placing them out of context creates a trajectory for a deeply intellectual post conceptual art discourse.

Glenda León studied classical ballet and often uses music as the starting point in her art practice. The playfulness with sound and image is evident in the series of photographs on show that juxtapose reality against imaginary sound. The line forms an important part of Glenda León’s work anchoring conceptual ideas onto concrete reality and providing a tangible time line against the manipulation of memories.

Glenda León is representing Cuba in the 2013 Venice Bienale.

Glenda León graduated in 1999 with a degree in Art History from the Facultad de Artes y Letras de la Universidad de La Habana and holds a degree from the Academy of Superior Art and New Medias in Cologne, Germany (2007). She has exhibited widely including  solo exhibitions Bruit bleu, Les Chateaux de la Drome, Montelimar, France (2013), Listening to Silence, Magnan Metz Gallery, New York, NY (2012),  Blue Noise, Galerie Pierre-Francois Ouellette Comteporain, Montreal, Canada (2010), Delirios,  Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, France (2010),  El Vuelo de la Razón, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana, Cuba (2008), Mar Interno, Le Plateau Espace expérimental, Paris (2007), El ir y venir de la Permanencia (Inner Sea), Optica Gallery, Montreal, Canada (2006), El vuelo de la razón, Galerie m:a contemporary, Berlín, Germany (2005). Select group exhibitions  La terre est bleue comme une orange, Musee des Beaux Arts de Montreal, Canada (2010),  Serendipity, Bienal Portugal Arte 10, Lisboa, Grandola, Portugal (2010), New Language, Ogilvy & Mather, New York, NY (2010), Polaridad Complementaria: recent works from Cuba,  New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, USA (2010), Announcing Magnan Metz, Magnan Metz Gallery, New York, NY (2010), Revolution of the Ordinary. The order of Things. Museo Morsbroich,  Leverkusen, Germany (2009).

Glenda León’s work can be found in many important public collections such as the Centre George Pompidou, Paris, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, Cuba, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, US,  Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, US, Walter Philip Gallery, Alberta, Canada.

Selected Bibliography include Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art, Tumelo Mosaka, Brooklyn, NY 2007,  Within the Revolution, Everything, Sarah Valdez, Art in America, September, NY 2006, Mariposas en el estómago, Wendy Navarro en www.salonkritik.net, Videografías invisibles, Catalogue, Valladolid, Spain, 2005. IRREDUCIBLE: Contemporary Short Form Videos, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, US 2005, Glenda León, Sandra Sosa, The H magazine, La Habana, Cuba 2006, Debido al desorden progresivo: apuntes sobre autonomía, compromiso y política (cultural) en el arte cubano, Antonio Eligio Fernández (Tonel), Catalogue of Ansich show, La Habana, 2003, Reflexiones Intimas, Catalogue, Viena, Austria 2005, El arte es largo, Espacio Aglutinador, Catalogue, La Habana 2005, VIII Bienal de Habana, Christian Rattemeyer, Artforum, February 2004, 8th Havana Biennial: The Bittersweet Taste of Utopia, Gabriela Salgado, Flash Art, January-February 2004. ARCO 2004 Futuribles, entre el cielo y la tierra, Mariano Navarro, EL cultural número 12-18, Madrid, Febrero 2004, Contemporary Cuban Video Art, Nerve, Issue 4, Liverpool, Autumn 2004. Mapas Abiertos, Lunwerg Editores SA Barcelona, 2003. Glenda León, Magali Espinosa, Bomb Magazine, New York, Winter 2002-2003. Glenda León, Caridad  Blanco, Art Nexus, # 49, Bogotá 2003. Entre el concepto y la apariencia. Dalila López, Revista Arte Cubano # 2.3, La Habana 2003, Del concepto al defecto: hacia una estética de la ligereza, Suset Sánchez, La Gaceta de Cuba, # 4, La Habana 2003. Cuba a Paris, Laura Serani, Paris Photo Magazine, Novembre- Décembre, Paris, 2002, Palabras en el Trópico, Leticia Cordero, exhibition Catalogue, 2002. Se cierra el Salón, Andrés D. Abreu, Granma newspaper, 01-11-01, Havana. Para entender o no el arte, Javier Negrin, Noticias de Arte Cubano # 3, marzo 2002, Glenda León: Jenny Holzer + cirugía estética, Javier Marimón, La Gaceta de Cuba, # 3, La Habana, 2001.

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