Wilfredo Prieto: Speaking Badly About Stones / S.M.A.K. Ghent

Wilfredo Prieto’s solo exhibition with the title Speaking Badly about Stones at S.M.A.K. in Ghent (Belgium) presents an overview of Prieto’s artistic practice over the past fifteen years. Speaking Badly about Stones focuses on the socio-critical aspect of the artist’s work that addresses contemporary topics such as (over)consumption, energy waste and (hyper)capitalism. One of the main works in the exhibition is Much Ado About Nothing (2003), a piece that consists of two trucks with a big electric generator and a huge water tank that power and water a small potted plant. Wilfredo Prieto was born in Sancti Spiritu (Cuba) in 1978. He is considered as one of the most promising young artists to emerge from Cuba in recent years. His work is often described as minimalist, humorous, and poetic. In this video, we have a look at the exhibition, and the curator of the show, Thibaut Verhoeven, provides us with an introduction to the artist and his work.

Wilfredo Prieto: Speaking Badly About Stones at S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art) in Ghent, Belgium. Exhibition walk-through and introduction by Curator Thibaut Verhoeven, July 4, 2014.

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