As opined by the book's title, this is a publication focused toward the shared spaces and communal sensibilities of a city, rather than an attempt to survey the entire contemporary output of this amalous nation. In essence, the study is a concentrated one of modern Havana, taking te of those artistic, cultural, socio- ecomic and anthropological influences on its art scene without the intent of becoming pedagogic in the process. Including major contemporary figures such as Juan Carlos Alom, Celia y Junior and Eduardo Ponjuan, The Spaces Between discusses the modern current of unfocused politicisation within the works featured, where issues of money, identity and bureaucracy are garnered from each viewers reading and imagination, suggesting reflections of the current emphasis on the spectator as a contributor to the making of meaning. Published in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, the book maintains the ambient approach of the partnering exhibition in an attempt to depict the context of Havana artists in the modern era. In part it discusses the lo-tech necessities of contemporary artists working in the city today, which has formed if t a coherent style, then a municipal approach to practice. As such, much of the work uses recycled materials or simple video and text-based elements to convey its meaning in a manner more diverse and ambiguous than prior generations of Cuban artists.
Antonio Eligio Fernandez, known as Tonel, is a Cuban artist, writer, and curator. Graduating with a degree in art history from the University of Havana, he has exhibited in the Havana and Sao Paulo Biennials and at several other institutions in Cuba and abroad. Tonel was awarded the prize for art criticism by the Cuban Section of the International Art Critics Association (AICA) in 1991. Keith Wallace is the Associate Director/Curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Toronto and the Editor-in-Chief at Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.