Wilfredo Prieto b. 1978, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba
Two motorized fans
overall dimensions variable
A.P. 1/1, edition of 1
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, 2014
Wilfredo Prieto. Installation view: Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 13–October 1, 2014. Photo: Kristopher McKay
Two electric fans stand before the viewer like mute oracles, their opposite, oscillating movements ceaselessly nodding “yes” and shaking “no.” In Yes/No, Wilfredo Prieto creates the possibility of bridging the gap between self and other, left and right, affirmation and negation, through the simple repurposing of mechanical movement. The fact that the fans move in different directions also serves as a metaphor for the continuously polarized confrontation between capitalist and socialist ideologies within Latin America.