Tuesday December 12, 2017

Lidia Hernández Tapia

November = Photography in Havana

It’s not every city that turns itself over to photography on an annual basis, but Havana has been hosting Noviembre Fotográfico for more than a decade. As the month draws to a close, Lidia Hernández Tapía looks at some of the notable exhibitions and events.

El paquete semanal Comes to New York

How do you translate the jam-packed, dizzying diversity of el paquete—Cuba’s do-it-yourself, hand-to-hand version of the Internet’s information flow—into a museum exhibition? Artists Julia Weist and Nestor Siré—himself a monthly paquete contributor—spent two years answering that question. The results are now on view in Queens.

BienalSur: A Biennial for the Global South

The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art in South America—BienalSur—is taking place in 84 venues, located in 16 countries and 32 cities worldwide. René Francisco talks about his participation in this ambitious event.

The Brotherhood of the Coocuyo: An Electronic Music Movement Thrives in Cuba

Named after a glowing insect found only in Cuba, Coocoyo is the work of three DJs—Italian, American, and Cuban—who are turning the island’s electronic music scene into a cultural movement. Lidia Hernández Tapia catches up with the “brotherhood of the Coocuyo.”

New Cuban Films: A Cinema Showcase Goes to College

This spring, New York University hosted a panel of young filmmakers from Cuba, who brought a range of fresh perspectives on life on the island. Havana journalist Lidia Hernández Tapia recaps the presentation and highlights notable films.

“Moving Things”: Cuban Video Art in the US Southwest

With 65 works screened in four thematic programs, plus lectures, discussions, and a video installation, “Moving Things: Videocreation in Cuba” presented a panorama of Cuban video art to audiences at two international festivals in the US Southwest. Lidia Hernández Tapia catches up with the project’s curators.

The Cine Cubano of Papacito Bach

Cinema may be an art, but it’s also big business. Jesús Hernández, the ISA-educated producer and promoter behind New York’s Bach Media, talks about the nuts and bolts of Cuban film production with Lidia Hernández Tapia—from Hollywood’s Fate of the Furious to the infrastructure needed for filmmaking on the island to thrive.

Does Artist Predict The Beginning of the End?

In a conversation with Lidia Hernández Tapia, Rachel Valdés talks about making public art for crowded city spaces, the relationship between installation art and painting, and the challenges of bringing her art to Times Square.

The Mysterious World of Belkis Ayón

Seventeen years after her death, artist and master printmaker Belkis Ayón is the subject of a retrospective at the Fowler Museum at UCLA—her first museum show outside Cuba. The curator, Havana-based Cristina Vives, talked with Lidia Hernández Tapia about the exhibition and how it came to Los Angeles.

Eduardo Hernández Santos: Conflict, Censorship & the Male Body

Following part one of his conversation with Lidia Hernández Tapia, Eduardo Hernández Santos talks about his groundbreaking early exhibitions, his recent series El Muro, and the “boom of the phallus” in Cuban art.

Homoerotic Art in Cuba

In a conversation with Lidia Hernández Tapia, Eduardo Hernández Santos discusses his untraditional uses of photographic images, masculine beauty, and eroticism versus pornography.