Made in Cuba
The City of Columns
Portrait in Sepia
Once Upon a Time... a Matrioshka
Metaphor of Silence
Retrato o Selfie
In accordance with an urge of identifying with old age, the countenance in their own space and context speak of their solitude as time goes by and death draws nearer. "Ephemeral Phantom" warns about questions posed on human existence and its alarming implication in our days.
MADE IN CUBA
1990 - 2009
"The mode and manner of their sensorial perception are modified within the great historical spaces of time, together with all the existence of human collectiveness."
This essay tours the so-called special period. Aside from the new images comprising it, it is also supported by two essays, "by the dark pieces" 1994 and "inner vision" 1996 .Both deal with the inner world of women from the home perspective. All the images reveal characteristics of our cultural identity, Utopian promises and a critical potential on the vertiginous socio-economic transformations that would later come about.
"The document, more than aiding to recover the past, contributes to the fact of attaining awareness of the unrecoverable nature of the past. There’s a loss of intuition at the very back of that awareness. And the aestheticism of that loss could be one of the instincts that govern the relationship between imagination and reality".
Juan Antonio Molina
Photographic essay carried out within the premises and surroundings of a shelter for the homeless in the City of NY.
During one of my visits to the US, during one of my walks, I got trapped inside a crowd who were walking as if zombies programmed towards a destination. I took my camera and began taking pictures. When revealing the contacts in my dark room, I discovered a countless amount of images who were talking to each other, thus taking me to create a series which I entitled "AMERICA B&W"
This piece contains our ontological dreams of movement, evolution, our faith in a “better” tomorrow, supported not so much on this imposing symbol of the industrial revolution, the locomotive, but on something much simpler and fundamental, ourselves. Unusually so, we comprehend history, not so much as a number of successive events with a progressive relationship but as events that are interrelated, betraying their apparent chronology, randomly becoming transparent. We got trapped together with all these people travelling in this wagon, in their gestures, in their unalterable postures, travelling non-stop towards an unreachable point in the infinite, where both lines are magically joined.
For the exhibition, "Railroad" (2002), the galleries were adapted with rails, which echoed with music and sonorous effects ("I like things to make noise"). The images of the train, where a diversity of people and situations are reflected, were taken in just one day, while travelling the route from Tulipan, in the Cerro district of Havana towards San Antonio, in the outskirts of the city.
THE CITY of COLUMNS
Two things have come together in this exhibition; the pillar as the main character of the city and the light mobilizing all the forms which make up the old part of Havana. The results are images which build up a mega facility made by wooden structures that underpin spaces and impressions on different props (manufactured paper and stone).
The famous essay “The City of Columns” by Alejo Carpentier inspired the idea of creating outer illusions – an interior inviting the spectator to also participate. The result, a piece of fragmented city, making us guess the most minute details even of those pillars, corners, doorknockers, doors and walls.
70 pieces of variable dimensions, a selection is shown.
I was awarded in 2005 with the National Curator Award for this exhibition.
Cubans feel the Malecon as part of their daily life. It is the soul and reflection of the city and its interests.
PORTRAIT IN SEPIA
With these images I intend to give a glance on ecological perception and relation of nature and human society. Phenomena such as contamination, soil erosion, deforestation and floods, give us another version of the representation of landscapes and climate patterns. "The transformations" ... reminds of the intimate sordidness of Kafka's "Metamorphosis"
"... beauty will have to manifest itself as man’s need, right now we should rise up towards the pure concept of humanity, and then trust those who from their inner self offer us the colors of life..."
Regino Boti 1919
URBAN LANDSCAPE SERIES
-THE HABITAT PROJECT-
2007 - 2009
Habitat is a series where Ibegin to investigate new meanings of the changing city and at the same time the scenarios where people come together in the same spaces and transform them every day.
ONCE UPON A TIME…A MATRIOSHKA
Photographic project based on a social and cultural exploration of the "Russian" population, which for different reasons migrated and permanently reside in Cuba (1960 – 1990). The study of these families comprised in their majority, marriages between "Russians and Cubans", the struggle to preserve their traditions within a context culturally alien from ours and the interests of assuming values of the Cuban society and becoming part of same; all this turns into the main reason for the search of these images in this essay.
The observation and reconnaissance of the physical spaces or of the traces created by humans in their daily behavior influence in the following essays . Through photographed objects and spaces I depict the richness of details in a wide scope of feelings, delighted in textures and matter, which avail me with an undeniable impact with those pieces at a formal level. There comes a moment when my work begins to abandon the narrative to step into that ground where a sensitive poetry prevails. I am concerned with the documentation of all the fragments comprising the life that inhabits it and I highlight them as expressive resources, accurate dimensions of the use and the human behavior.
2012 - 2013
METAPHOR OF SILENCE
2012 - 2014
RETRATO O SELFIE
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