Material Socialism is an exhibition project of María A Cabrera Arús, which explores the effects of politics on everyday life in socialist Cuba, portraying the material culture in the domestic environment in the 1970s and 1980s. This show will take place in 2015 in New York.
Material Socialism is an exhibition of approximately 50 objects –toys, clothes, ephemera, commercial packaging, etc.—consumed in Cuba in the 1970s and 1980s, and color and b&w photographs of these objects in contemporary settings. It also includes a playlist of 13 pieces of Cuban popular music and a selection of scenes from Cuban films from the period representing dynamics with mass consumer goods. Screenings of two of these films will be programmed as part of the project.
Material Socialism shows for the first time to the public the collection of artifacts from socialist Cuba gathered as part of the archival project Cuba Material.The objective is to create awareness of the significance of domestic artifacts and the transcendence of quotidian practices, establishing a dialogue between Cold War objects and the globalized present, also suggesting that contemporary notions of Cubanness, socialism, modernity, and design were partly shaped by them.