martielle art

Carlos Martiel, Mediterráneo (Mediterranean), 2017.

“I kneel in the lower level of a metal and glass structure inspired by the design of the ancient hourglass. The upper level is filled with water from the Mediterranean Sea, which gradually seeps through an orifice until I am submerged.”

Carlos Martiel

Segregation (2015)

I stood in the center of the gallery between two barbed wire barricades separating me from the public and dividing the space into two areas each with independent entryways. One of the entryways permitted the entrance of U.S. born whites and Europeans. The other, permitted the entrance of blacks, latinos, asians, and middle easterners, as well as any individual who was not European or U.S. born white. People were not allowed to mix for the duration.

Carlos Martiel, Bloodline, Havana, Cuba, 2010. Photo: Rodney Batista/ Rafael Villares.

“Two catheters are placed into my forearms to allow the outflow of blood. As blood flows onto my hands, the sea washes it away.”

Carlos Martiel, Mar sin orillas (Sea Without Shores), 2016. Photo: Annamaria La Mastra.

I remain enclosed within a glass box surrounded by blow flies (Calliphoridae), an insect that feeds itself exclusively with decaying meat.”

Carlos Martiel,  Simiente, 2014.

“I lay in fetal position with my body covered of human blood, donated by immigrants from Mexico, Estonia, Italy, Venezuela, England, South Korea, as well as the United States.”