Carlos Garaicoa

'A City View from the Table of My House'

Based in Madrid and Havana, Carlos Garaicoa originally trained in thermodynamics and later in painting, lending him a unique perspective on the relationship of social and historical structures to architecture and urbanism. Throughout his prolific artistic career he has poignantly signaled the ways in which more abstract phenomena like power and entropy affect the tangible universe like cities.

Signature image for Carlos Garaicoa exhibition
Carlos Garaicoa, “Las raíces del mundo / The Roots of the World,” 2016, wood table, laser-cut stainless steel, and knife handles, 35 1/2 x 19 5/8 x 63 in. Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Continua.

For his solo exhibition A City View from the Table of My House, Garaicoa will present a very particular retrospective exercise, which studies the format of the table as one of the most fertile substrates for his artistic production. In the artist’s words, “the table has functioned as a support and as a geography, and also as an essential element of our domesticity, as a microworld and a territory abstracted from reality to deposit dissimilar stories that try to define the existence and durability of our lives, immersed in the cities and spaces we inhabit.”

The works presented in the exhibition, which range from 1998 to the present, introduce a plethora of other media that the artist has employed — paper, thread, glass, wax, metal, and video — that serve as metaphors for the diversity and flexibility of urban space, as well as the dangers of it. While some of the tables present factual representations of cities, others operate at symbolic or conceptual levels. Garaicoa considers not only the formal aspects of space, like volume, density, or shape, but also the immaterial, political, and historical bonds that constitute the notion of a city — even when they are problematic.

A City View from the Table of My House is a unique opportunity to study one of the most fascinating artists from Latin America who brings a powerful, holistic reflection on the fragility and beauty of the spaces in which we coexist.

About the artist

Carlos Garaicoa (b. 1967, Havana) has presented recent solo exhibitions at Lunds Konsthall and Skissernass Museum, Lund, Scania, Sweden; Parasol Unit Foundation, London; Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy; MAAT, Lisbon; Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain; Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; and Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, among many others. Garaicoa has also participated in prestigious international events, including the Biennials of Havana, Shanghai, São Paulo, Venice, Johannesburg, Liverpool, and Moscow; the Triennials of Auckland, San Juan, Yokohama, and Echigo-Tsumari; Documenta 11 and 14; and PhotoEspaña 12. In 2005 he received the XXXIX International Contemporary Art Prize — Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco and the Katherine S. Marmor Award. He lives and works in Madrid and Havana.

Install Views


A City View from the Table of My House is curated by Humberto Moro, adjunct curator. It is presented as part of SCAD deFINE ART 2021, the university’s annual program of exhibitions, lectures, and performances, held virtually Feb. 23–25 with select events in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia.

Museum Admission

The exhibition is free for museum members and SCAD students, faculty, and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

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