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Painted in Estaban’s customary palette of black, white, yellow, and red, Expectations melds abstract expression and figurative forms into a portrait that challenges gendered expectations (no pun intended). Like in his other works, the figure’s eyes are obscured, but in this work faces the viewer in an empowered and confrontational way.
History always has a funny way of catching up to us, Guerra seems to make sure of that. The historical context that he intimately experienced in Cuba and in the diversity of New York City is mixed with the now, giving the viewers the constant message that liberation starts from the body. Gender stereotypes along with racial stereotypes that are perpetuated by long standing societal structures are also taken for a fresh spin, while playing with its past meanings.