1997 / Memory exercise

Location: Havana, Cuba

Date: circa May 1997

Event: 6th Biennale in Havana. El individuo y su memoria.

Other People/Associations: Llilian Llanes, Margarita Sánchez, Voluspa Jarpa, Macarena Oñate, Carlos Altamirano, Arturo Duclós, Ismael Frigerio, Ian Szydlowski.

Institution: Centro Wilfredo Lam

Description: In May of 1997, the Yeguas del Apocalipsis participated in Havana’s 6th Biennale, themed “El individuo y su memoria” (the individual and his/her memory). Pedro Lemebel and Francisco Casas participated by creating a performance-talk in the adjoining patio of the Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art Center. Wearing make-up and high heels, dressed in black, they projected a visual history of the collective’s performances onto a wall, which included photographs and some videos, among them a recording of “Homage a Sebastián Acevedo.” They hung a sign on the wall that read, “I speak through my difference, my sex, and my being of the people,” and simultaneously played the audio of “Manifesto (I Speak Through My Difference),” the poem by Lemebel; and the anthem of the Socialist International.