With the Havana Biennial set to open today, a few exhibitions got the jump on things by opening last night.

Among them was “Obsesiones y acumulaciones: el gabinete del artista,” presented jointly by Estudio Figueroa-Vives and the Norwegian Embassy in Cuba.

The artists on view included Fernando Rodriguez, Javier Castro, Lorena Gutierrez, and Alexandre Arrechea, among others.

Alexandre Arrechea, left, chats with a friend in the yard of the Norwegian Embassy before the screening,
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As part of his project, Arrechea presented the debut screening of “El rostro de la nacion” (The Face of the Nation), a stop-motion video animation.

The drummers during the performance.
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The work was projected on a screen on the porch of the Norwegian Embassy building, with guests gathered in the yard and on the street.

The singers during the performance.
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The screening was accompanied by a group of drummers and singers who performed a series of powerful chanted works.

Arrechea poses with the musicians after the screening/performance. Photo Cuban Art News

Here is a short video clip of the performance of “El rostro de la nacion.”