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Pablo Helguera

This lecture took place during the forum at 10th Havana Biennial, 2009, La Habana Cuba


The Theoretical Forum of the Tenth Havana Biennial will consist of different actions. A first space for discussions was opened in March 2008 and comprises the international presentation of a debate that will extend until March 2009. This exchange of ideas will be carried out through an online forum with artists, theorists, etc., and conferences that will also circulate as light publications during the year. It is an exchange oriented both to the international and Cuban contexts in order to create the conceptual bases or guidelines of understanding on the topic in question, with a view to prepare the public to face and understand the Tenth Biennial's discourse. It also comprises the edition of an anthology with a selection of the ideas emerged from the different Havana Biennials and their theoretical events, as well as the publication of the book on the Theoretical Event of the Tenth Havana Biennial, which will present the public with the works discussed in March 2009 at the traditional venue of the National Fine Arts Museum.

Project for the Theoretical Event. Tenth Havana Biennial


Pablo is a New York based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, and performance. Considering the relationship between history, cultural production and language, his work often adopts the format of the lecture, museum display strategies, musical performances and written fiction.

Helguera worked for fifteen years in a variety of contemporary art museums, most recently as head of public programs at the Education department of the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1998-2005), where he organized close to 500 public events and worked in the development of nearly 30 exhibitions. Since 2007, he is Director of Adult and Academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art, New York