Monday October 23, 2017

Photography

Cuba Is: An "Uncomfortable" Show

Among the 70+ exhibitions about Latin America scheduled for “Pacific Time: LA/LA,” one of the most interesting—and potentially controversial—is Cuba Is, opening September 9 at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Curator Iliana Cepero talks about the show and its unflinching take on contemporary Cuban realities. "It's not the Cuba that appears in the tourist brochures,” she says.

Uncovering a Hidden History, Part 2 – Women Photographers in Cuba

In photography, the new era found an ideal tool for transmitting its aesthetic and political values. With that in mind, it is surprising to find, in the second half of the century, a comparatively small number of women photographers. Here, Aldeide Delgado continues the history of women photographers in Cuba.

Uncovering a Hidden History – Women Photographers in Cuba

In 1899, the Cuban Census reported seven women photographers in the entire country. But within a few years, their numbers started to grow. Here, Aldeide Delgado uncovers their hidden history in the first half of the 20th century.

Lezama by Cañas: A Master at Leisure

This fall, Cuban writer Leonardo Padura marked the half-century since the 1966 publication of Paradiso, the controversial novel by poet José Lezama Lima. As a tribute to Lezama and his extensive oeuvre, curator and critic Silvia Llanes reflects on the encounter, in the Havana of 1969, between the poet and a young photographer, Iván Cañas Boix.

Look at the Camera: 5 Emerging Cuban Photographers

Art historian Yenny Hernández Valdés surveys the work of Arien Chang, Alfredo Sarabia, Jr., Jorge Otero, Rodney Batista, and Yanahara Mauri, five young photographic artists who respond to Cuba's strong documentary tradition, filtered through their own distinctive sensibilities.
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