"Drapetomania". DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, 2016
Black Gardens. Factoria Habana, Cuba. 2017
Utopian Project #2. grafite and acrylic on canvas.
Utopian Project #1. grafite and acrylic on canvas.
Ellewa. soft sculpture, ceramic and plexiglas
installation Forest on the Walls
Utopian Project #2 and 3. graphite and acrylic on canvas
after an artist residence held by the Hutchins Institute and the Afro Latin American Research Institute at Harvard, Rodriguez show the result on a new series of photographies that play with some of the archetypes about race, gender and politic
Collective International exhibition that looks into the multiple relationships between sexuality and darkness on the neoliberal world of permanent illumination.
Through a series of artistic projects 89 Noches explore how shadow, the absence of light and night, challenge the sexual and social conventions from the "enlightened environment", and how had offer a background to rise imaginaries for sexual behaviors historically hidden and pointed. Instead to focus on the bad and scary that surround the darkness, the shows suggest that darkness offers as well resistances and freedom opportunities. Exploring those subversives potentialities, 89 Noches goes into the several ways when darkness had been understood into the Modernity: allied to violence, perversity and barbaric. From that way, the project questioned how the modernities conventions had influence into ways to think in dark, the "race", and the gender and sexuality on the Global South, specifically the Latin one.
Following successful exhibitions at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2010 and the UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, in 2014, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Watch Hill Foundation shown 149 Afro-Cuban art works by 38 Cuban artists of the von Christierson Collection, at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, from July 28th to October 2nd, 2017.
The Collection and the Exhibition Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art have been curated by eminent Cuban art critic, curator and researcher in Afro-Cuban ritual arts, Orlando Hernández. It is the first exhibition of its kind and scope to be staged in Cuba.
The Charpa Gallery, in Valencia, Spain hold the solo show "Presion Contenida" from December 2014/ feb 2015
The Black Gardens show is part of a larger project named La Ceiba me dijo Tu (The Ceiba Tree told me You), that talks about the cultural roots, and the social culture in Cuban Contemporary Art. This project held three solo shows: Carlos Martiel "Fragmentos de la Memoria", Belkis Ayon "Enigma Espiritual", and Elio Rodriguez´s Black Gardens and will be exhibited at Factoria Habana, Cuba from November 2017 to February 2018