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Adrián Melis

Glorias de un futuro olvidado

ADN Galería, Barcelona 

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Artist
Adrián Melis
Title
Glorias de un futuro olvidado
Year
2016
Duration
5 min
Format & Technical

Three channel installation, HD video, colour, sound
Edition of 3 + 1 AP

Adrian Melis asked some elder Cuban women to remember a moment of their past histories through a song. It was a time in their lives when they thought their future would have been bright and glorious. What remains of their wishes is just that moment of mental illusion depicted in the video, a reminder of a hypothetical future of glory.

Glorias de un futuro olvidado (Glories of a forgotten future) is a three-channel video of Adrian Melis made in 2016 with the collaboration of Cuban elder women to which the artist asked to remember a moment of their past histories through a song. Most of the women chosen for the project had been young during the period right before the triumph of the revolution and during the transition (in the 50’s-60’s). It was a time in their lives when they thought their future would have been bright and glorious. Melis asked to mentally place themselves in a club or ballroom of the era of capitalist Cuba, going beyond the mere memory of the past. Most of them lost everything they had and their promising future dreams vanished with the transition. What remains is that moment of mental illusion depicted in the video, a reminder of a hypothetical future of glory.

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