Hyperallergic lists Rios Intermitentes as one of the top 15 exhibitions worldwide in 2019
Rios Intermitentes, a special exhibition project by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, which was an official part of the 13th Havana Biennial, was chosen as one of the best 15 exhibitions worldwide in 2019 by Hyperallergic. Her curatorial team was comprised of Octavio Zaya, Salah Hassan, and Selene Wendt.
This was the first time ever that The Havana Biennial also took place in other Cuban cities, including Matanzas. A native of Matanzas, Campos-Pons sought to revitalize the city through artistic gestures that succeeded in reviving local traditions and forgotten sites by creating artistic exchanges that empowered the community and helped renew a sense of cultural pride. In the selection of participating local and international artists, emphasis was placed on social actions that would have a long-term impact on the city of Matanzas. Campos-Pons and the curatorial team were interested in looking at the city of Matanzas with new eyes to reconsider its traditions and to revitalize the local art scene through a unique exhibition platform where local and international artists would converge.
There were over 50 international and local participating artists including Marilá Dardot, Iftikhar Dadi, Augustín Drake, Melvin Edwards, Olu Oguibe, Ramon Pacheco, Adriana Perez, Dawit Petros, Tracey Snelling, Carrie Mae Weems, Cosmo Whyte, and Manthia Diawara, to name only a few.