If you are a Cubaphile, and/or a lover of photography, and find yourself In Los Angeles between now and March 4, 2018, run, don’t walk, to the Cuba Is exhibit currently on display at the astonishing Annenberg Space for Photography. The show is part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative presenting the work of Latino and Latin American artists in more than 70 museums and cultural institutions across Southern California.
The show at the Annenberg features 120 photographs from a variety of acclaimed photographers who have focused their lenses on Cuba (and Cuban-related themes in the U.S.) as well as introducing a number of emerging Cuban photographers. As stated in the show’s press release, “The goal is to reveal the complexities of Cuban life both on and off the island, while exploring aspects of it not easily accessed by foreigners or even Cubans themselves.
In a recent interview discussing the exhibit, Wallis Annenberg, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, observed “Cuba has had an outsized influence on our shores- through waves of immigrants and through the music and art and politics they’re carried with them. That’s why this exhibit is so compelling and so urgently important. Cuba has changed America and now it’s changing itself, before our very eyes.”
In addition to the exhibit, there is a documentary film, commissioned by Annenberg, that plays within the central gallery on 12-foot screens. The filmmakers followed three Cuban photographers, commissioned by Annenberg to shoot pictures for the exhibit, giving the audience a rare glimpse at how photographers react in real-time to what they are shooting.
The exhibit also features workshops and lectures given by participating photographers who describe their own interactions, impressions, and experiences when photographing in Cuba. Some of these lectures can be found on the Annenberg Space for Photography website.
The exhibit’s featured photographers include Elliott Erwitt, Leysis Quesada, Raúl Cañibano, Tria Giovan and Michael Dweck but there are many others as well who round out the roster.
Cuba Is remains on display through March 4th, 2018 at the Annenberg Space for Photography which is located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars Los Angeles, California. Admission is free.
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A.J. Twist is a Montreal-based travel writer and avid photographer of all things Cuban.
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