Multidisciplinary Cuban feminist artist
Alejandra Glez
"Nude is detachment, showing yourself without prejudice"
The works of Alejandra Glez addresses specific personal and social issues. She peruses her own experience with traumas such as panic attacks and sexual assault to build unique and stirring visual artwork. Moreover, she aims at exploring the feminine identity while delving into some of the most actual approaches to the feminist theory. Media such as photography, collage, installation, performance and video are implemented to defy the patriarchal codes that stigmatize femininity. This, in order to question the macho-imposed models that she grew up with and to achieve a deeper self-knowledge. Through a part of her work the artist also attempts at feeding the flow of the universal process that aims at normalizing nudism as a pacific exercise of self-release.
Alejandra Glez
Multidisciplinary Cuban feminist artist / IV ENAIRE Foundation Young Photography Award / First -and youngest- Cuban woman artist to completely sell out NFT drop
2021 - has been the winner of the IV ENAIRE Foundation Young Photography Award;
Glez the first Cuban artist to have a "drop" completely dedicated to promoting her work within the digital NFTs market;
2019 - 14th Arte Laguna video art Finalist Prize;
2016 - the Norwegian Embassy, Cuba, Scholarship;
Her work was part of numerous personal and group exhibitions in the Americas and in Europe.
Can you tell us how you started to be an artist?
- I started in the art world when I was only 16 years old, I had a need to express everything I had inside and communicate through the arts. Since I was very young I used to hide behind a compact camera that my parents had and played with it to abstract myself from reality and create my own universe. When I was about to finish high school I asked my mother to take me to a photography school or to a psychologist, my mother chose the first one hahaha and thanks to that I started much more seriously this beautiful path.
What influenced the formation of your creative career?
- Being a woman and living in a macho society pushed me more and more to work and speak from my perspective and serve as a link to tell the stories of many other women. After a long journey I am at a point of healing and reconciliation with myself, with the word woman, but above all with fertility and creation from where my new project I am working on now derives and that is to give voice to the greatest and most powerful woman "the seas and the oceans", fertility, mother nature.
Do you have any special rituals before you start creating? How do you tune in?
- Yes I do, before my performances I usually do a prayer in Yoruba invoking the mother of the seas Yemaya to whom I ask for strength and light before going out to the public.
It's a way to connect with my essence, with my roots, and in that way I can be balanced to be able to give the best and most sincere of me.
Who do you admire in the history of art?
- There are many great women that I admire very much, some of them are Frida Kahlo and Ana Mendieta.
What themes do you consider important in your artistic practice?
- I think the most important thing is to try to create awareness in the viewer and move them out of their comfort zone.
The art of the future: what is it?
- I think it is a totally insensitive and sensorial art. With a very strong digital presence.
If you were not art, what would you do in your life?
- If I wasn't an artist how difficult it would be for me hahahaha but I think I can be good at production.
Can you tell our audience more about your current projects?
- I am currently working on an amazing project called "7 Watery Tales".
Which talks about the connection of watery bodies, hydrofeminism, Afro-Caribbean mythologies and the Taino aborigines settled in the Antilles, all this from a point of awareness to the conservation of seas and oceans. If you want to know more be sure to follow me on my social networks and you will see the progress.