Los Carpinteros
Founded in Cuba in 1992, Los Carpinteros is a Madrid-based artist duo consisting of Marco Castillo Valdes and Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez, who both graduated from Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), Havana. The duo's name translates as “the carpenters” and thus associates their practice with notions of craftsmanship, design and architecture. Los Carpinteros tend to experiment with furniture and such, translating the shape and function of one object into something else. Pushing these constructions to the brink of absurdity and non-functionality they likewise explore architecture, every day use objects and tools with an interest in the anatomy of certain processes and differing states of aggregation. Los Carpinteros' work was presented in solo exhibitions at for example the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milano (2016), MUAC – Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico (2016), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana (2016), Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London (2015) and Museum Folkwang, Essen (2016 and 2014). It was featured in group shows at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2015), Colateral XII Bienal de La Habana, Havana (2015), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (2014), Pérez Art Museum Miami (2014), the 4th Biennial of Thessaloniki (2013), Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (2010) and many more.