Amid news of normalization efforts between the United States and Cuba, Apertura [Opening]: Photography in Cuba Today has made a timely debut at the Chazen Museum of Art. The exhibit contemplates the ways in which Cuban photography has evolved over the past two decades of transition.
Artist duo Liudmila & Nelson created this piece, San Lázaro e Infanta, by overlapping a contemporary photo of a busy Havana intersection with an old negative and digitally adding faux elements.
“This image fuses the pre-Revolutionary days, the present, and a possible future in a disquieting way,” says Guillermina De Ferrari, guest curator of the exhibit and a UW–Madison professor of Spanish and Portuguese. “The glossy fake [advertising] signs suggest a Havana that has given in to consumption, which may bring a sense of freedom and prosperity, but also a loss of tradition and authenticity.”
Published in the Summer 2015 issue