Havana Biennial: At a Major Theater, Ants Courtesy the Artist

HAVANA—One of Havana’s architectural landmarks was the site of a major art installation during the biennial. Teatro Fausto, an art-deco theater on the corner of Prado and Colon streets, was covered by countless ants by Rafael Gomez Barros of Colombia.

Barros has said the ants symbolize the migration and displacement that has resulted from the armed conflict in Colombia. The artist unleashed a colony of the insects on the national congress buildings in Bogota in 2010 and has given other significant building a similar treatment in the intervening years. In Havana, the fiberglass ants climbed the entire two-sided facade of the historic theater.

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Photos by Arts Observer


Installation view.


Detail of Rafael Gomez Barros’s fiberglass ants.


Block view from Paseo de Prado.

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  1. joanna liss

    saw it walking along el prado and thought it was fantastic. is it a working theatre? if I’d known it was a theatre, would have tried to visit. think it should be a permanent installation!

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