Mabel Poblet Pujol
Born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, in 1986, Mabel Poblet Pujol is one of the most exciting young artists to emerge from Havana. Graduating from San Alejandro, where she was a student of Carlos Garaicoa and the Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA) in 2012, Poblet has recently become a large figure on the contemporary Cuban art scene. Her work demonstrates a technical mastery learned and developed at ISA and a natural ability to overlay media and trends. Her work ranges from photography, video and installations to a reinterpretation of pop and kinetic art.
Poblet uses herself as the main protagonist of her work, musing on self-exploration and individual memory as subject matter for her practice and framing poetic reflections within her life story. Though introspective, her work is used as a form of communication between an artist and her viewer, conveying her inner world whilst attempting to identify common areas and patterns with the viewer. She provides her own self-reflection as a portal for others to reflect on themselves. The color red is central to the work of Poblet. She believes that this is the color that best represents the polarities of life and death. The recurrent production of the artist’s image within the work through the color red and the use of accompanying text as an aesthetic addition, highlights her interest in the understanding of an image that surpasses a simple visual recognition.