By KRISTINA DORSEY | Day Staff Columnist | [url=http://www.theday.com]http://www.theday.com[/url]
The new exhibition at the Alva Gallery examines Cuban life from the differing perspectives of five photographers, and each give a unique view of the country.
“Shuttered Cuba” opens Saturday, and the images it portrays include unblinking depictions of Cuba residents, documentation of people trying to escape the island, and even examinations of the country’s motorcycle subculture.
Derek Dudek takes his dramatic black-and-white close-up portraits in Old Havana. Nancy Goldring’s “La Guarida Series” weds cityscapes with domestic symbolism in a unique composite format that asks, “What is real?”
Sean Kernan’s black-and-white pictures are described as “somewhat fractured personal images of real people.” Janis Lewin’s gelatin silver prints capture Cubans leaving the island on rafts and envision Cubans as motorcycle “Harlistas.” And Rene Pena, the only Havana native among the American photographers here, produces black-and-white still lifes.
“Shuttered Cuba” opens Saturday, with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Alva Gallery, 54 State St., New London. The show runs through Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Call 437-8864.