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Amarillo, azul y blanco (1991) Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: Amarillo, azul y blanco
  • Alternate Title: Yellow, Blue, and White
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:17:59
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 1991
  • Location: Lenin Park (La Habana), Río San Juan (Matanzas), and Hotel Oasis (Varadero), Cuba.
  • Type-Format: performance, performance art

Amarillo, azul y blanco (1991)

"Amarillo, azul y blanco," a video by Ramón García, documents a traveling, public performance art event created by renowned Cuban artist Manuel Mendive. Brightly-painted dancing bodies journey through Lenin Park (Havana), San Juan river (Matanzas) and Oasis Hotel (Varadero) in a performance of embodied syncretism, a dance of colors --"yellow, blue and white," the title of the piece-- echoing both the basic language of visual artists and the distinctive colors of Santería deities --the colors of Ochún, Yemayá and Changó. Mendive blends significant elements of Afro-Cuban culture, creating a personal universe intimately linked to his particular worldview, one that establishes organic connections between nature and religion, African ancestry and Caribbean everyday life, a symphony of syncretism that, like all of Mendive's art, reflects a life of commitment to African spiritual practices, a commitment that became more intense after his first visits to Africa in the early 1980s.