The 2019 Havana Biennial features a solo presentation of Abdoulaye Konaté's work. Postponed in 2017 due to the damages of Hurricane Irma, the 13th Havana Biennial, titled La Construcción de lo Posible ('The Construction of the Possible), invites artists, curators and experts to come together in envisaging a brighter future.
The socio-political concerns underpinning Konaté's work echo the Biennial's central theme of re-building. Creating large-scale installations and figurative compositions from woven and dyed cloth native to Mali, the artist questions the way in which societies and individuals around the world deal with war, political conflicts, and epidemic outbreaks.
After graduating from the Institut National des Arts in Bamako, Konaté studied at the Instituto Superior des Arte in Havana, where he encountered local artists such as Wilfredo Lam. Living there for seven years before returning to Mali, Konaté developed close links to the city and its cultural community.
The 13th Havana Biennial is on view from 12 April to 12 May 2019.