Behind the Wall emerged in 2012 as part of the official exhibition of the 11th Havana Biennial. At that time curatorially it was conceived as a way to intervene one of the most significant public spaces of the Cuban capital. The traditional Havanan Malecón, which extends from the corner of Prado and Malecón to the Maceo Park at the height of the Caleta de San Lázaro, on that occasion welcomed a diverse public, demonstrating that contemporary art has an unquestionable ability to call . It also allowed us to investigate closely the socio-cultural functioning of a strongly rooted and complex community.
This practice would lay the foundations for future work experiences. So in 2015, during the 12th Biennial of Havana, Detrás del Muro in its second edition, focuses on awakening public participation in more active and unprejudiced ways. The acceptance was resounding and the project was reaffirmed as one of the most eloquent artistic experiences in the history of the Havana Biennial.
For the 13th edition of this important event, Detrás del Muro is presented as part of the official exhibition, but also as a sociocultural project that seeks to make its work a constant resource in favor of the sociocultural and community development of the city. On the one hand, Liquid Stage, which is the theme of the artistic intervention that will take place next April, and on the other hand DEDELMU, the origin of an artistic institution focused on cultural promotion, artistic production and community work that will have headquarters in Malecón no. 307 corner to Galiano.
Within the repertoire of works that will be presented in the Liquid Stage, interactivity is an element of great importance: some of these stand out for their strong playful nature, others for using forms such as the workshop or the happening to dialogue with the public and the community. All are proposed as a direct dialogue with the space in which they are registered, of public nature, monumental scale, urban node par excellence, Havana’s main façade. Thirty Cuban artists will be present, among them some National Prizes of the Plastic Arts such as Pedro de Oráa, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Roberto Fabelo and Eduardo Ponjuán; and forty foreign artists from 14 countries, including Javier Marín (Mexico), Enrique Martínez Celaya (Cuba-United States), Laurent Grasso (France), Grimanesa Amorós (Peru-United States), José Dávila (Mexico) and Per Inger Bjorlo (Norway).