Fake News, Wilfredo Prieto
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20 × 30 cm, 272 pages

Wilfredo Prieto (b. 1978, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba) wakes up, reads the news on his phone, and paints twelve headlines. He then hangs them at Galería Habana just before opening. Day 1: “How to cut the salary of your footballers”; “Millions of flowers destroyed due to falling demand”; “Textile, cosmetic, and beverage companies will make material”; “Overcrowded and water-deprived after fleeing war”; “Blood brothers”; “Two merge to form the iconic”; I"mages of military vehicles loaded with coffins”; “The so-called lies that go around the world”; “Mexicans forget the coronavirus in Acapulco”; “Woman plays the lottery for 10 years with the same numbers and wins half a million dollars”; “Why Germany has such a low number”; “Entry will be regulated, except for residents.” He performs this ritual twenty-nine more times—one month in all. Fake News brings together all 360 paintings, with a conversation between Prieto and curator Patrick Charpenel.

Published by Zolo Press, ISBN: 978-1-7345275-3-7

A photograph of Fake News' front cover. The paper is an industrial red. The title occupies the top of the page, with the dates '03.21–04.30.2020' just below. At the bottom is the artist's name, Wilfredo Prieto.
An introduction to the book, in sans-serif large text on bright white paper. It says: 'Every morning, Wilfredo Prieto read the local and international news, made twelve paintings from the images, and use the headlines as titles. He did this for thirty days—360 paintings in all.'
Four such paintings on unbleached canvas from April 14th, titled 'Reporting Mobility Tracking,' 'Illicit Traffic,' 'Alcohol and Snacks,' and 'This is How the Different Countries Plan to Solve After The Crisis.'
Four more paintings from April 28th: 'Gulf Monarchies,' 'Killer Of At Least Three,' 'Naval Motifs in Caves, Mountains, and Fortresses,' and 'A Likely Return to Seasonality and Long Term Coexistence with Humans.'
Another set of four paintings from April 24th. They are titled: 'The Cruelest and Saddest Exile for the Most Worldly Roman Poet,' 'The Passionate Spanish Truck Driver,' 'The Astrophysicists Eagle Eye,' and 'More Cured than Infected.'
A grid of twelve screenshots of news articles from which Wilfredo excerpted his titles and abstracted his paintings.
Two pages of an interview between the artist and Patrick Charpenel. They talked via WhatsApp, so the dates and timestamps of their messages are noted alongside their replies.