With a great interest in the history of his country, Reynier Leyva Novo explores, questions and stages different versions of Cuba's past. He focuses in particular on the period around the liberation from Spain in 1898. El deseo de morir por otros(The desire to die for others) consists of casts of weapons used in various battles. Another art piece, Los olores de la guerra(the smells of war), consists of a number of perfumes named after generals and the places where they led their troops. These pieces of art can also be interpreted in relation to the current socialist society of Cuba and its strong nationalism.
Reynier Leyva Novo (born 1983) lives and works in Havanna. He has participated in several exhibitions in Cuba as well as at the Venice Biennale (2011), the MARTE (Museum of Contemporary art) San Salvador, El Salvador (2011), the Liverpool biennial, UK (2010); A gentil carioca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2008). This is the artist's first solo exhibition outside of Cuba.
The title El polvo, la sangre, el sueño común translates to: The Dust, the Blood, the Common Dream.