Chazen Museum of Art


Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today

March 6 to June 21 | Leslie and Johanna Garfield Galleries

March 6 through June 21, 2015

Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today explores the way photography is used, understood, and experienced in Cuba in times of transition. It includes photography-based installations, digital photomontage and “intervened photography” by eight contemporary Cuban artists. The premise of the exhibition is to explore 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 of the last decades. In contrast with the highly stylized documentation 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.

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

Opening Celebration March 5
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Lecture: “No More Boundaries for Cuban Photography” by Nelson Ramírez de Arellano Conde, participating artist and director of the National Photography Museum in Havana. Chazen Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Funding provided by the UW-Madison Anonymous Fund, University Lectures Fund and by the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program with support from the US Department of Education's Title VI Grant Program.
6:30–8 p.m. Preview reception: Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today. Live music, refreshments, and cash bar. Mead Witter Lobby. Reception hosted by the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities.

April 14
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Lecture: “The Weight of History,” by Reynier Leyva Novo, one of the featured artists in the exhibition, Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today. Sponsored by Center of Visual Cultures and the Chazen Museum of Art and funded by the Anonymous Fund. The talk will be in Spanish with translation. L150 Conrad A. Elvehjem building

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

Listen to the 4/5/15 Sunday Afternoon Live intermission Podcast with Guillermina De Ferrari on Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today

Also related:

March 7
9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–4 p.m.
Workshop “Thirteen Ways to Photograph a Blackbird” by Nelson Ramírez de Arellano Conde, Pyle Center. Application form and additional information at Event is free but availability is limited.

IMAGE ABOVE: Rafael Villares Orellana (Cuban, b. 1989), Finisterre, 2005, digital print, 11 4/5 x 15 3/4 in., courtesy of the artist

EXHIBITIONS PAGE THUMBNAIL: René Peña, (Cuban, b. 1957), Sin título, de la serie Untitled Album, 2007, digital print on paper, 50 x 61 cm, courtesy of the artist

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