Anthony Goicolea. 21c, Cincinnati

Jettisoned, 2009. Chromogenic Print

A first-generation Cuban-American who grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, Anthony Goicolea learned family rituals and histories about a world he would never know -pre-Castro Cuba. His first trip to the island nation was as an adult in 2008, after which he created a series of works in which fiction intertwines with the remaining facts he found there. Within the sparkling, watery surface of Jettisoned, the artist reveals the truth of his photographic illusion: hands hold up the cinder blocks surrounding the boat. Frequently used in Cuba to shore up crumbling infrastructure and create shelter, these cinder blocks attest to the mythology of Goicolea’s invented memories, from which he spins tales both unreal and true.

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