This installation is based on extensive research in Havana and in the US National Archives, where a 1953 State Department inspector’s report was discovered that recommends the removal of the new US embassy’s balcony. It was feared that the balcony’s “Mussolini-style” appearance would make it a symbol of US imperialism. The balcony form, broken into modules, us used in a series of sculptures made of steel and woven vegetable matter and the research is worked into a series of collages that show how both the function and meaning of the Havana embassy building has been altered by the US and Cuban governments since the Cuban revolution.


Installations at Simon Preston Gallery, New York; LABOR, Mexico City; XIII Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba


Havana Case Study (Version I)
Terence Gower, 2016 and 2019
Simon Preston Gallery, New York, 2016
LABOR, Mexico City, 2018

Balcony (sculpture): Acid-etched rebar, 775 x 139.7 x 149.86 cm

Modules (sculptures): Painted steel, wicker, 77.5 x 70 x 75 cm each

Political Services (6 collages): Digital photographs, ink, 86.36 x 60.96 cm each

Balcony Studies (2 drawings, LABOR Installation): Ink on velum and collage and graphite on paper, 50 x 40 cm each


Review: Art in America

Interview: Terremoto