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True to its tradition, DARE-DARE favors in situ action art practices that incorporate a perspective on space and time as a formal and conceptual component of the work.

  • photo : Paul Litherland
  • photo : Paul Litherland

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True to its tradition, DARE-DARE is taking part in the 8th edition of VIVA! Art Action, presenting the work of Paola Martínez Fiterre.

VIVA! Art Action is a performance art festival taking place from the 13th to the 16th of September in Tiohtià:ke / Montréal. The new headquarters, L’Union Française, is located at 429 Avenue Viger East, a short walk from Berri-UQAM metro.

Cuban-born artist Paola Martínez Fiterre presents Breathe, a performative work in the public space that tests the body's endurance against the weight of her environment. For VIVA! the artist performs at Square Viger, on the corner of St-Denis and St-Antoine.

In her general practice, the artist confronts her own gaze with the history of the representation of women in spaces such as public or private, in relation to desire, psychology or the loss of innocence. She creates in an effort to integrate herself into a collective memory of displaced or exiled people by their origins, having to evolve in this crossroads of influence between the society they were forced to leave and the one that welcomes them, without belonging entirely to either one. Using her own body as a place or material, she seeks to transform the perception of everyday situations and reflect on her own condition as a Latina (Cuban) immigrant in the United States. Her work evolves between the tension of the "innocence" of her "feminine" upbringing and the violence that these conventions can project onto her.

Paola Martínez Fiterre is a Cuban artist based in New York City. Fiterre studied at the University of Arts (ISA) in Havana until 2017. In 2019, she graduated from the International Center of Photography, having been awarded both the ICP Director’s Scholarship and the ICP New Media Grant. Her practice focuses on the representation of the female subject crossed by the experience of migration. Martínez Fiterre uses photography as a cyborg perception tool to relate and inhabit different spaces: domestic, social, and biological, in order to show, and sometimes subvert, their ideological gender significance. 

In recent years, she has participated in multiple group shows in Havana and New York, San Francisco, Bordeaux, Geneva, and Mexico City. Currently, Martínez Fiterre is exploring expanded photographic and performance practices through the study of light, analog photography, fiction, and painting. Her works are part of Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts collection.