Memories of Dentrás del muro – last year’s Biennial

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Mar 042016
 

Some memories of the Havana Biennial 2015 – images from the exhibit “Dentrás del muro” on the Malecón – the seawall of Havana.

There were few tourists in the streets, June was a month of heat, humidity and rain.  Only Cubans walked along the Malecón at this time.  The press had departed, notes in hand.  Those with permission to visit had left, their hearts and imagination lifted, dreaming of their next return.

Children joyfully climbed up into the art to experience it in the way that only those who are truly free can. Their parents took photos.  Lovers strolled along the Malecón holding hands, gazing out towards the sea imagining their love will last forever.  Those caught in the precious space between the freedom of the child and the chains of the adult collected together with a cheerful sense of belonging to something wonderful. They checked their phones while they sat on the ledge of the wall, laughing, dancing, never suspecting this time will end too.  A man played a saxophone.  In the street the art became tangible; the structure of its form reached out to the people of the city.  It was something concrete to embrace, accessible and touchable for all.

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The Havana Biennial – a global event

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Jun 022015
 

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The international art world has descended on Havana to savor its 12th Biennial art exhibition. With the current thawing of US – Cuba relations, many might be tempted to think this is the first time the world has visited. In fact, since the late 1980s to early 1990s, Cuba has been opening up its beauty to the world. Every two years since 1984, Havana has presented both its own artists and international artists to join in the celebration of art of the South and North. Continue reading »

The light in Cuban eyes

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Jun 022015
 

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“The light in Cuban eyes”, so gentle and beautiful the title of a new book of a collection of photographs by Cuban photographers amassed by Madeleine P. Plonsker, the philanthropist.  Ms. Plonsker of Lake Forest College in the U.S. has traveled to Cuba since 2002. Photographs by many unknown Cuban photographers make up this collection of photography which cover the “Special Period” in Cuba.

Cuba’s “Special Period” refers to a time when the financial relationship between Cuba and the Soviet Union ended in 1989 resulting in a time of extreme economic hardship for the Cuban people. Combined with the American embargo against Cuba, food shortages, medicine, petroleum, power outages and other necessities of life contributed to the extreme suffering of the people. Continue reading »

Cutting Edge Art in Havana – 100 Cuban Artists

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May 152015
 

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If you’re planning on attending the upcoming 12th Biennale Havana 2015 which opens this May 22 and will run until June 22, 2015, you’ll want this book, “Cutting Edge Art in Havana – 100 Cuban Artists,” in hand.   Cutting Edge Art in Havana – 100 Cuban Artists is written by authors Mayret Gonzalez-Martinez, Osmany Suarez-Rivero and Yoanna Toledo-Leyva. The book is edited by Anthony Rubenstein and Mylena Saurez-Perez with design by Darwin Fornes-Baez.

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12th Biennale Havana 2015 program announced

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Apr 032015
 
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Exterior of the National Arts School (Escuelas Nacionales de Arte) where the opera “Cubanacán, A Revolution of Forms” will take place.

The 12th Biennale Havana 2015 program and artists have been announced on the official Havana Bienale website. The twelfth edition of the Biennale is scheduled to open May 22 and will run until June 22, 2015.

The city will become the official exhibition space during the one month long of exhibits and performances combining various  artistic expressions such as theater, cinema, music, and dance.  Continue reading »