Yasbel Pérez Domínguez (Camagüey 1970)
Yasbel Perez, an artist from the 1990s generation, explains that she takes images from advertising and manipulates the aesthetic canons of femininity. She creates her work so that the viewer is drawn to “a product” that has been made “only in order to attract attention”. So, instead of renouncing symbols that reinforce the devaluation of women, a frequent practice of artists addressing the issue of gender, Perez appropriates the usual “obsolete and empty archetypes” to create paradoxical images, thereby subverting “the traditional domestic role women have endured for centuries”.
“My characters are almost always posing and they are constructed as elements that are woven or embroidered on their own space. For this reason the woman is a figure which is repeated in my work. It is a direct reference to my own experiences and experiences seen from a universal perspective. My work has no anecdotal element.”