Born in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, in 1971
Ink-jet print, 2/7
69.4 x 91.8 cm
Gift of the Louise and Bernard Lamarre family, inv. 2008.159
This ironic self-portrait of the artist Adonis Flores in Cuban military uniform recurs in the photographs, videos and performances of his series “Camouflages.” The bouquet of flowers in the soldier’s mouth, like the title of the work, refers to the art of oratory and of rhetoric, that is, the art of speaking well, of persuading and convincing. In the pejorative sense, oratory is the opposite of action, playing off information against disinformation, truth against propaganda. The artist seems to underscore the always relevant need to debate rather than to argue or fight.