WILFREDO PRIETO

Pan con Pan

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Pan con Pan (Bread with Bread, 2011), is…well, bread. René Margritte wrote ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’ beneath the image of a pipe. One could imagine how Wilfredo Prieto would do it: the work would be a pipe, the material used for the piece would be a pipe, and the title would be Pipe. The strategy is evident- to avoid metaphor at all cost. This selfreference merely draws our attention to the hidden pitfalls of language. It amplifies the limitations of words by depicting exactly what they describe. At the same time, they also generate feedback loops, circularities that point to the description of an individual and social reality which needs itself to justify its existence. ( Ferran Barenbilt, ‘The straightest line’ in the exhibition catalogue ‘Wilfredo Prieto. Amarrado a la pata de la mesa’, 2009)
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Wilfredo Prieto (Sancti-Spiritus, Cuba, 1978). He lives and works in Barcelona . He studied at Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, and has held residencies at Gasworks (London), Le Grand Cafe (St. Nazaire, France), John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (New York) and the Kadist Art Foundation (Paris).
His has recently had solo exhibitions at a.o. S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Dia Art Foundation in New York, Kadist Art Foundation in Paris and Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wilfredo Lam in Havana.
Wilfredo Prieto’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the 29th Sao Paolo Biennial (2010), I’m not here at De Appel Arts Centre (Amsterdam, 2010), Stowaways at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (San Francisco, 2009) and That was then, this is now at P.S.1 MoMA (New York, 2008).
Wilfredo Prieto received The Cartier Award (Frieze, London, 2008) and the 2000 UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts (7th Havana Biennial, DUPP, Havana, 2000).