Julia Weist & Nestor Siré

Artists, United States & Cuba

  • Julia Weist +



    Julia Weist is an American artist living in New York. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Queens Museum (New York), the Gwangju Biennale (Gwangju, South Korea), the Shed (New York), Rhizome, the New Museum (New York), the Hong-Gah Museum (Taipei), Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam) among other venues. Her public artworks include Public Record (2020, New York), View-Through (2017, Miami) and Reach (2015, New York). Weist is the author of several artist books, including the novel Sexy Librarian (2008) and After, About, With (2015). In 2019, she was named Public Artist in Residence for the Department of Records by the City of New York. 

  • Nestor Siré +



    Nestor Siré is a Cuban artist living and working in Havana, Cuba. He has participated in the Gwangju Biennial (2018), the Curitiba Biennial (2017), the Havana Biennial (2015), the Oberhausen International Festival of Short Film (2016), and the Asunción International Biennale, Paraguay (2015). He has participated in residencies including Dos Mares in Marseille (France), and The Ludwig Foundation and LASA (Havana). He has recently exhibited a venues including the National Museum of Fine Arts (Havana), The Queens Museum (New York), Rhizome, The New Museum (New York), Hong-Gah Museum, (Taipei), UNAM Museum of Contemporary Art (México City), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Fe (Argentina).

Julia Weist and Nestor Siré have been collaborating since 2016. Their work has been recently exhibited at the Queens Museum (New York), the Gwangju Biennale (Gwangju, South Korea), the Hong-Gah Museum (Taipei), Galería MPA (Madrid) among other institutions. They have written about their collaboration for publications such as Frieze, Rhizome and Triple Canopy and have lectured widely at venues such as The New Museum, Williams College Museum of Art, The MIT Open Documentary Lab, Princeton University,  and Art Basel Miami. They have been awarded a Jerome Foundation Fellowship and a Media Arts Assistance Fund Grant from New York State.

Learn more about Julia Weist: www.work.deaccession.org
Learn more about Nestor Siré: www.nestorsire.com

Santiago de Cuba © Julia Weist and Nestor Siré

Ciudadano Digital

In Cuba, all broadcast is officially controlled by the State. However, since the 1970s, citizens have also managed complex, underground processes for the circulation of independent media. For the past four years, Julia Weist and Nestor Siré have investigated these systems, collaborating with, and contributing to the networks that traffic alternative content. For Ciudadano Digital, they will deliberately diverge and create content for government-run television. Their videos will conform to mandated limitations and regulations, allowing them to represent and critically engage with the standards that define State-sanctioned media.