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Cuban Photography Exhibition at the Chazen

Posted March 23, 2015 by Chazen Publications

President Obama recently announced that the United States will move toward normalizing relations with Cuba. An embassy in Havana and diplomatic relations will be reestablished, and travel restrictions will be eased—although ordinary tourism is still banned. But visitors to the Chazen Museum of Art will be able to take an intimate look at current photographic art from the island nation with the opening of an exhibition of contemporary Cuban photography March 6–June 21.

Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today explores the way photography is used, understood, and experienced in Cuba in times of transition. Guest curator Guillermina De Ferrari has assembled photographs, photography-based installations, digital photomontage and “intervened photography” by eight contemporary Cuban artists. The exhibition explores how photography and photographic practice have changed on the island over the last two decades and how it creates meaning in light of the technological, philosophical, and aesthetic changes during that time.

In contrast with the highly stylized documentary images of the young Revolution, the new Cuban photography aims to shape reality by creating a syntax of expressive artifacts, one in which the printed image becomes one element in a complex discursive practice. New Cuban photography-based art creates an imaginary space of aesthetic openness—apertura in Spanish—against or in play with what is perceived to be an artificially stagnant political reality.

Liudmila + Nelson, (Cuban, est. 1993), San Lazaro e Infanta, from the series, Hotel Habana, 2009–2012, transparency, 40 x 60 in., courtesy of the artists

Featured Artists:
Angel Delgado
José Manuel Fors
Carlos Garaicoa
Liudmila + Nelson
Reynier Leyva Novo
René Peña
Rafael Villares

Click the image below to view and download the online exhibition catalogue.

Exhibition page: Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today

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