Is It Morning For You Yet?58th Carnegie International


Rafael Domenech

Rafael Domenech (b. 1989, Havana; lives in New York, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist exploring notions of architecture, urban design, and contemporary material production to develop and produce different typologies of objects and spaces, such as experimental publications, pavilions, installations, and public programs. His architectural interventions intersect publishing methodologies such as cutting, redacting, revising, and circulation as research tactics to amplify his interest in the exhibition model as an active machine for production rather than a repository space. Recent exhibitions include a collaborative show with Ernesto Oroza at the Bass Museum in Miami Beach. His work has been exhibited at SculptureCenter, New York; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum, Miami; Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Artium Museum, Vitoria; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami; and Hua International Gallery, Berlin and Beijing. He was the recipient of an award from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and a Cintas Fellowship. He holds an MFA from Columbia University.

For the 58th Carnegie International, Cuban American artist Rafael Domenech (b. 1989) has created Dividing an edge from an ever (pavilion for Sarduy), an immersive pavilion housed in the Sculpture Court at Carnegie Museum of Art. The ellipse-shaped pavilion is comprised of an inner and outer layer made from locally sourced temporary scaffolding and laser-cut construction mesh alongside modular furniture.

Such materials are used in everyday urban environments, marking the ways cities are continually constructed and deconstructed, obfuscating the site of development—at times, dividing existing walkways, neighborhoods, and communities in the process. In his practice, Domenech transforms materials used to separate or create barriers and instead uses them to create sites supportive of existing publics and activities.

Installation view of Rafael Domenech, Dividing an edge from an ever (pavilion for Sarduy) at Carnegie Museum of Art, 2022, photo: Sean Eaton