b. 1978, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba | lives and works in Barcelona
Wilfredo Prieto employs a strategically restricted range of materials in concert with a sharp sense of humor, making conscious and pointed use of comedy to satirical ends. Prieto made Walk (2000) during his first trip outside Cuba for a residency on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, where the artist put a plant in a wheelbarrow filled with soil and took it on a five-kilometer walking tour. In his 2002 work Yes/No, two electric fans stand like mute oracles, their opposite, oscillating movements ceaselessly nodding “yes” and shaking “no.” A third work in the Guggenheim’s collection, Speech (1999), consists of a ceramic holder and rolls of toilet paper made from Cuba’s leading official newspaper Granma, constituting a mischievous critique of state-sanctioned media.