El Acercamiento / The Approach is a groundbreaking multimedia transnational project conceived by artist Evelyn Serrano with Yamile Pardo, that investigates the past, present and possible futures of Cuba-U.S. relations. In La Habana, the current process of normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States is termed “el acercamiento”, the slow and cautious act of getting closer.
Professional artists and arts students from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Los Angeles, Academia Nacional de Artes San Alejandro, and Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in La Habana, will develop proposals for an acercamiento between our two countries in the form of urban interventions, workshops, performative actions, public dialogues, and arts exhibitions that will begin to give shape to a multiplicity of potential futures. The project challenges participating artists and audiences to insert themselves in the process of visioning and enacting of these futures.
El Acercamiento / The Approach is a 4-year project that was originated in 2015 and will culminate in 2019. Each year of the project, a group of arts students and professional artists will create, collaborate on, and present new original visual and performing arts works in a new cycle of exhibitions, urban interventions, and public dialogues in La Habana, Los Angeles and Miami.
This project is supported by the CalArts Center for New Performance / Duende CalArts, Espacio a-106, and Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro and Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA).
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.