Guantanamo Visual Arts Displayed in U.S. Collage
Cuban Imagination. The Art of Oriente and Beyond is named of the exhibition in which Guantanamo artists converge that is presented at the New College University, in the city of Sarasota, Florida, USA, sponsored by the Friendship Association, based in St. Augustine, FL.
The collection consists of thirty works of 14 artists from Baracoa, Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Camagüey and Granma, with prevalence of paintings, although there are also engraving and ceramics, as reported Jorge Nunez Motes, president of the Cuban Writers and Artists Association (UNEAC) in Guantanamo, who participates in the promotion of these artists in that circle.
From Guantanamo three are pieces of Rogelio Martinez and Dunio Manuel Navarro; from Baracoa, Mildo Matos, Luis Eliades Rodriguez Yeilin King Lords, Luis Rodriguez Noa and two Baracoa artists rooted in Santiago de Cuba: Lawrence Zuniga and Miguel Angel Lobaina, the Guantanamo intellectual explained in a communication with this editorial through internet social networks.
In statement to the local press, the art critic Motes said “the opportunity to be in the US is a way to find a precedent for the relationship between North Americans and Cubans. Human beings are the same here and there and from what I have found, people can sing the same songs. ”
Meanwhile, Nunez said, the trip represents a chance to lead the Eastern art to a wider audience, “We’re trying to build bridges, step by step, so that the Cuban culture may be well known. It demonstrates that arts are an international language,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kim Anderson, associate professor of art at New College of Florida said the same medium as the exhibition is “a testament not only the talent of the artists themselves, but the commitment and dedication of a few dedicated and tireless individuals who wish to share their enthusiasm for Cuban art with others. ”
Last year, also the pieces of Baracoa artists were displayed in an exchange with students, professionals and the general public in several U.S. cities.