Cuba Culture

Five Photographers Focus On Cuba

Posted May 29, 2003 by publisher in Cuba Culture.

By KRISTINA DORSEY | Day Staff Columnist | [url=][/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.

Member Comments

On November 23, 2004, Richard Nicolle wrote:

I am a Nova Scotia Canada photographer and am thinking of coming to Havana for a couple of weeks in February to experience Havana, take some photographs and meet some local photographers. I wish to board with a cuban family if that is possible and see if I can’t pick up a bit of the spanish language. Any help you can give me would be appreciated as to who I might contact would be great