Residency Period: July 2015
Javier Castro was born in Havana, in 1984. He graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) and the Universidad Cristóbal Colón in Mexico. He participated in the Catedra Arte de Conducta between 2004 and 2006. Castro’s videos are guided by an anthropological gaze. He trains his camera on scenes that take place in marginal areas of Havana, as a way to understand the modes of survival that organize social life and how these are manifested in language, sexuality, violence, improvisation, and other behaviors. Aiming to allow the camera to become a “natural” element in the environment which it captures, Castro works with natural lightning and refuses to employ high end equipment. He captures individuals as they go about their daily lives and interact with their surroundings and neighbors. Castro has exhibited his work in Cuba, Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Austria, Italy, Spain, England, Belgium, and the United States, among other places. His work can be found in the collections of Daros-Latinoamerica, Mediatica Caixa Forum, and the National Museum in Havana. Castro is a recipient of a 2015 CIFO grant.