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Elegoa Cultural Productions, Centre Pompidou and
La Fabrica de arte Cubano present:

Hors Piste La Havane: La Primavera del Amor (The Spring of Love)
20 May – 21 June 2015

La Primavera del Amor is a platform for artistic development and production, international and local networking, and community outreach in Havana and suburbs launched in the spring of 2014. During the upcoming 12th Havana Biennial artworks already produced will be exhibited and new ones will be instigated and processes will be discussed. Publishing projects, film premieres, performances, workshops and panel discussions will take place at La Fabrica de arte Cubano, the Alliance Française, Sometimes Art Space, El Paquete Semanal and other venues in Havana.

Love sets the tone – collaboration and participation are at the root of all the creative processes involved. Interrogating the impact of recent economic and diplomatic developments on Cuban mentalities La Primavera del Amor offers moments of artistic trans-cultural and trans-generational dialogue, reflecting upon identity, gender and sexuality and its relationship to media and technology.

Curated by Catherine Sicot La Primavera del Amor is the first edition of Hors Piste Festival in Havana and is co-presented by Elegoa Cultural Productions (Toronto), Centre Pompidou (Paris, Hors-Pistes Programme) and La Fabrica de arte Cubano (Havana).

Visit our website for times and locations of upcoming events, workshops and screenings. Programmes will be available in the various exhibition sites mentioned.

Details of projects and participants

Artistic development

  • The pilot of Incubador, a 5-month residency programme for young Cuban artists. First artist in residence: Luis Manuel Otero Alcantåra. Research project: ‘LHOOQ: exploration of sexuality “in the margins”’.
  • Instituto de Invierno, a 2-month programme on cultural and sexual diversity based in San Agustin during winter 2015 that included workshops and a series of performances in public and domestic spaces. Artistic direction: José Alexander Morales Carvajal (Columbia). Cuban participants: Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara, Alexis Povea Dreke, Ivette Sáez Quintero, Ulises Padrón Suárez, Reynier Guerra Capote, Dayron Calvet, Esperanza Nuñez Guerrero.


  • Tropical Chic, a beauty competition in Trans categories to be launched this spring with TV commercial and discussion-based event, and Miss Tropicana an itinerant performance. Two projects by Luis Manuel Otero Alcantåra.
  • Instituto de Invierno, a multi-media installation and performance directed by Alexander Morales and based on the winter programme.

Moving image

  • The Kids of 250, a coming of age telenovela by Canadian artist Kathleen Hearn filmed with non-professional teen actors in San AgustÍn.
  • Present: Past/Future, an ongoing interview-based work with Cuban elders by Canadian artist Ed Pien. This project will continue until the death of interviewees or interviewer.
  • Le Forum des Rêves, a science fiction film by French artist Olivier Bosson that probes the spaces of personal and collective dreams, inventing a world where dreams can be uploaded and shared online. This project is being developed with the participation of non-professional francophone actors and so far has been filmed in France, Canada, Morocco, Luxembourg and Cuba.
  • La vie courante by Franco-Algerian artist Narimane Mari is filmed in the streets of various countries prompting interaction and observing apparently eventless situations to capture a poetic of daily life. Participant/collaborators are invited to respond to footage of places they have never visited with their own soundtracks. The Cuban chapter of La vie courante is planned for December 2015.


  • La Primavera del Amor Vision – dissemination of the programme as an intervention within El Paquete Semanal – an independent USB-based distribution system for news, entertainment and commentary, sometimes described as ‘Cuban Internet’. This weekly programme is developed with independent Cuban journalist / producer Claudio Pelaez Sordo.
  • Sonrisa (Smile) – a proposal for a publishing project that gathers artists and readerships in Havana and London, UK. Publisher Louise O’Hare (UK) in collaboration with Cuban artists (Cuban co-publisher Julio lliopiz).
  • Wondereur: Primavera del Amor Trilogía – an on-line project and screening by Canadian publisher Wondereur featuring Glexis Novoa (Cuban American), Narimane Mari and Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara. Working in collaboration with local photographers these photo-reportages capture the creative process, the specifics of the artists’ personal histories, and the social and political context in which they live and work, through images and quotes. Photographers: Miami: Ryan Stone, Alger: Youcef Krache and Havana: Orlando Garcia Garcia.


  • Interviews and commentary by Claudio Pelaez, Catherine Sicot and guests – Teresa Casas, (Toronto-based Cuban-born writer, curator and community animator), Peter Kingstone (artist, Canada) and William Anthony Ruggiero and Gibran Villalobos (independent curators, USA). Diffusion on El Paquete Semanal, during public events and on La Primavera del amor website.


Other Cuban and international partners, producers and presenters include:

  • L’Alliance Francaise de la Havane
  • The Canadian Embassy in Havana (Local development fund)
  • L’ambassade de France à la Havane
  • CISP (Comitato Internazionale per lo sviluppo dei popoli) (Havana, Cuba)
  • LASA (Laboratorio Artístico de San Agustin)
  • Centrale Electrique, Film production (France)
  • The K.M. Hunter Foundation (Canada)
  • Sometimes Art Space, (Havana, Cuba)
  • Wondereur, online magazine/gallery (Canada)
  • Tremendo Explote, audio-visual production (Cuba)
  • Three Letter Words (London, UK)
  • Publication Studio (London, UK)
  • The artists who contributed to their expenses and productions

A big thank you to Rachel Weiss, Professor, Department of Arts Administration & Policy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and specialist of contemporary Cuban art, who acted as consultant all along the project.


Contact Catherine Sicot
Director, Elegoa Cultural Productions





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