Screening + Artist Talk
Leandro Feal in conversation with Andreas Siegfried + Dr. Ziba Ardalan
Wednesday 4 July, 6-8 pm
£15 + fees Book
Join us for a screening of artist Leandro Feal’s video work Hotel Roma (2017), followed by an in-conversation with Leandro Feal, art advisor Andreas Siegfried and Parasol unit Director Ziba Ardalan.
From 6pm to 7pm, guests are invited to view Hotel Roma while enjoying complimentary beer, wine and small plates from our culinary neighbours, Sardine.
At 7pm, the in-conversation will begin, with the event ending by 8pm.
About Hotel Roma (2017)
Hotel Roma, 2017
Full HD Video
A video composed by approximately 19,000 photographs taken by the artist during the year 2017 in the Roma bar, located in the roof of the former Roma Hotel, currently an apartment building. The pictures are a document of that part of Havana night life and are accompanied by a soundtrack consisting of seven pieces of Cuban music from the last century 60’s and 70’s.
‘The Roma bar is also one of the nuclei where you can see the atmosphere of cultural and economic openness in recent years in Cuba, where many young people come together; persons who have finished their university studies or in the course of them have preferred the private work in various ways, a small alternative economy society with more access to money that generates a different lifestyle, sometimes very linked to Havana night. Places like Studio 54, or Andy Warhol’s Factory, or the Factory from the rave scene in Manchester, or the cafe Lhemitz from the photos by André Petersen, or the mythical bars of the Movida Madrileña are proof of the importance of this kind of sites in the process of gestation and expansion towards new cultural sensitivities.’
– Leandro Feal
About the speakers
Leandro Feal (b. 1986) lives and works in Havana, Cuba. He is a graduate from the San Alejandro National Academy of Fine Arts (2006, Havana, Cuba) and from the Cátedra de Arte de Conducta run by Tania Bruguera (2007). Solo exhibition include: “Blow Up, Blow Up” (along with Joan Fontcuberta) (2016, El Apartamento gallery, Havana); “Vivir la fotografía sin vivir de ella”, (2015, Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, Havana); “Donde nadie es exclusivo” (2013, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana); “Lugar común, lugar extraño” (2015, Bilbao Arte, Bilbao).
Andreas Siegfried is a VIP consultant for Masterpiece London and founded Siegfried Contemporary in 2010. In his function as an Art advisor, Andreas specialises in Modern and Contemporary Art. Working with established as well as emerging artists, he has a particular focus on works from Europe and the Americas. For more information see: Siegfried Contemporary
Dr. Ziba Ardalan is the Founder, Director and Curator of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Since 2004, Parasol unit has presented over fifty exhibitions as well as over a dozen other artistic projects. In addition the foundation has published over forty publications and runs an active programme of education for adults, families and children.