SIA Inspiration: Rafael San JuanPosted: March 12, 2018
It’s again my turn to curate SIA, and here’s my pick:
This striking sculpture is called “Primavera” (Spring), and it’s installed on the Malecón, the seafront drive of Havana, for the city’s 12th Biennial of Arts in 2015. Made from recycled steel and inspired by the movements of the Cuban ballet dancers, it is to honor the strength and spirit of Cuban women. My friend and I saw it on our last day in Havana, and it struck me as the perfect choice for SIA, since it is appropriate for both International Women’s Month and the spring season. Plus, it allows for a wider range of interpretation – there is no color scheme to adhere to, while the contrast between the hardness of the material and the softness of the curves and the butterflies would also be interesting to interpret in an outfit.