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The Star (#17)

La Estrella (The Star) designed by Gustavo Pérez Monzón

'La Estrella' (The Star), is card #17 of the Tarot de Norka (1986) piece by Gustavo Pérez Monzón. Originally handcrafted in 1985, these types of cards were outlawed by the Cuban government as a symbol of the occult. The Star card within a tarot deck typically signifies new inspiration. It brings renewed hope and faith - a sense that you are truly blessed by the universe at this time. When drawn upside down, it can represent despair, disappointments, illness and missed opportunities.
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Tarot -The practice of tarot emerged in Italy around the 15th century as a form of entertainment, which later spread to much of Europe. The Major Arcana are 22 individual numbered cards, each one represented by a character or symbol, such as Fool, Death, the Wheel of Fortune, among others. Before the emergence of the printing press, tarot cards were illustrated by hand, being commissioned by artists as if they were a pictorial or sculptural work. This tradition has continued throughout history, and more recently, we have seen recreations of tarot designs made by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, among other artists who have been attracted to the deep mysticism around the subject and the visual impact of tarot cards.

Gustavo Pérez Monzón is one of the most important Cuban artists of his generation, mostly known for introducing Conceptual Art to his native Cuba. He first emerged in the early 1980s as part of a generation of artists loosely known as Volumen Uno, whose exhibition at Centro de Arte Internacional (1981) is considered a watershed in the history of Cuban art. Drawing influence from conceptualism and minimalism, Pérez Monzón has honed a unique sensibility towards organic materials and geometrical forms. He is recognized predominantly for his vast works on paper of dots and lines made from mixed media; large scale line drawings carved from aluminum powder and pigment, and immersive installations of wire, stone and thread. 

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