Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, 1970
Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany
Diango Hernández began his artistic practice in Cuba in 1994 as a co-founder of Ordo Amoris Cabinet, a group of artists and designers who focused on invented solutions for home design objects to compensate for a permanent shortage of materials and goods. The artist moved to Europe in 2003 and currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Diango approaches his homeland in a way that the individual self is set against a
collective context, incorporating popular images and artifacts into his work: in his
installations, all appropriated objects, assemblages and paintings are set together to point, at the same time, to individual memories and the collective history of Cuban life during the 1980’s and 90’s. In his work, Cuba always appears as a country of post communist collapse in which the official rhetoric of the revolution drones on like a record stuck in a groove, while the country continues to languish and decay in a state of waiting. In Diango Hernández’s eyes, what began as a socialist and social achievement becomes an instrument of collectivist indoctrination in a country where the individuality freedom of one versus the collective well-being of many is permanently measured in balance.