Including over 100 colour and black and white photographs, taken between 1950 and today, this exhibition celebrates the warming of US-Cuba relations. Captured by 20 Cuban photographers including Alberto Korda, Raúl Corrales, and Marucha, and American masters Burt Glinn and Elliott Erwitt, these images – some never before seen – document idiosyncratic parts of Cuban life, for example the Havana nightlife of the 1950s, as well as significant events such as the 1959 Revolution and its notorious leaders.
Shots of Castro beginning one of his renowned speeches are accompanied by colourful hand-painted images; peaceful images of Cuban fisherman floating on tiny buoys at sea aside bright, fast-paced baseball games and the invasion of iconic Americana into Cuban streets. These images are charged with aggression and uncertainty as much as displaying calm, traditional ways of life, upon the island that Christopher Columbus described as “the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen.”
Also incorporating historical ephemera, political posters, and publications, this exhibition explores the complexity of the Cuban political history, its vibrant and enduring culture and the determination of its people over the past 65 years. ¡Cuba, Cuba! is brought to Southampton Art Center by the International Center of Photography.
¡Cuba, Cuba!, 65 Years of Photography, until 7 September, International Center of Photography at Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, New York.
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1. Gilda Perez, Untitled from the series La Habana, 1988. Copyright of the artist. Courtesy of Lehigh University Art Galleries-Museum Operation.