Ernst Hilger Galerie at Mana presents:

Ángel Marcos: Hasta Siempre


May 1 – July 1, 2016

Double or Nothing (The Failure of Utopias)

During the thirties, forties and fifties of the last century, Havana was known for its casinos. Artists, mafiosos, politicians and smugglers would mingle with each other in an undercover prosperity of nightlife, salsa and fireworks. They would laugh and drink together. Attracted by this spiral of joy, affluent Americans would travel to Cuba.

After the Revolution of 1959 and the rise of the Communist party to power, gambling establishments were shut down and their dazzling shine faded away. It was replaced by Las Vegas. Overnight, Americans managed to build a city in the middle of nowhere, which became the new center of entertainment.  A city created in the heart of a desert used to satisfy their vices and the excess that Capitalism allowed.

This exhibition tries to confront two opposing ways to understand the world. On the one hand, the concept that Las Vegas represents, a paradigm of an idle society. On the other hand, Havana, a faded paradise that has become a wasteland of expectations, a place out of its time that has been isolated due to the failure of Egalitarianism.

A comparison between both cities is unacceptable. Each city is located in an extreme. The only thing that connects both cities is an anecdote, a small detail that ends up being crucial for the success of Las Vegas: Gambling. The shining star of Havana fades away in order for it to start dazzling in Las Vegas. These two opposing worlds that have stopped the urge of the world in the 20th century and paradoxically have ended up giving a meaning to emptiness, defeating motivations, leisure winning against work. Constructing dead routes leading nowhere.

About Ángel Marcos
Born in Medina del Campo, Valladolid, 1955, Ángel Marcos is an artist who uses photography as his primary medium. He has exhibited in prestigious private galleries and international institutions. His works are held in the collections of a number of museums as well as in renowned private collections, among them the MNCARS, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; the MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla and León, Spain; Margulies Collection, Miami, USA; the Naples Museum of Art, Naples, USA; the Siemens Foundation, Vienna, Austria and la Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. In 2014, he was nominated full member Academician by The Royal Academy of Fine Arts La Purísima Concepción, Valladolid, in Spain. He lives and works in Madrid and Valladolid, Spain.

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(1) En Cuba 65, 2016
(2) Hasta siempre...,39, 2016
(3) Hasta siempre...,44, 2016