Grethell Rasúa

“De la permanencia y otras necesidades”, 2014
Open Air Cinema 


Rasúa puts the reasoning power of her spectators at risk, challenging them to face the most savage of instincts in very specific circumstances. There is a sense of danger in the video work as the camera closes in on the artists’ mouth voraciously licking the cactus, with its prickly spines — there is a taut tension that stirs and threatens to break. The work extends much of her past research in bodily fluids and saliva — taste, desire and flavor as key mediums for cultural consumption, creation and destruction.

De la permanencia y otras necesidades , 2014 Image Still Courtesy of the Artist

De la permanencia y otras necesidades, 2014
Image Still
Courtesy of the Artist


Grethell Rasúa graduated from High Institute of Art (ISA), Havana, from “Cátedra Arte de Conducta” a project by Tania Bruguera (Havana) and from the National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro”, Havana. She holds a degree in Humanities from the PP.Sch. of Cuba, attached to the Christopher Columbus University of Veracruz, Mexico.

Grethell Rasúa was born in 1983 in Cuba. She lives and works in New York.

“We confront things without fear, loving at all costs could be a strategy for living with all those external antagonisms that cause us so much pain, saturation, reluctance. It is necessary to remain and try not to be defeated by that which we would not want to be. This piece is the result of decisions I've made as a way of life; It illustrates my attitude and I think of it as a reminder to pretend to face hurtful situations with my best intentions.”