Yanelys Nuñez’s Diary


Havana’s Miss Biennial

July 17, 2015 | No Comments »

“It’s pink, and it’s heading your way.” That is how a friend described the experience of seeing Miss Biennial, a voluptuous “Tropicana dancer” that visited many of the exhibition spaces of the recently concluded 12th Havana Biennial, for the first time.




Some Impressions on a Havana Exhibition

July 7, 2015 | No Comments »

The play on words of the title was the first thing that caught my eye. “Disambiguation” is a term I come across time and time again while navigating my “domestic Internet” connection, the Wiki Taxi, and I don’t entirely understand its meaning.




Matthew Barney in Cuba

June 25, 2015 | 7 comments

We don’t know if they welcomed him at the airport with the traditional Guantanamera, if a Ministry of Culture official escorted him to his hotel…we don’t know anything. All we know for sure is that renowned artist Matthew Barney was – or is – in Cuba.




Spanish Performance Artist La Ribot in Cuba

June 18, 2015 | No Comments »

The stage is covered entirely with a white fabric. A naked woman is stretched out across it, posing like the Venus with the Mirror. Several objects – a stills camera, dresses, chairs, rain coats, instruction manuals and others – lie scattered on the floor about her.




Conga Line against Homophobia in Havana

May 20, 2015 | 1 Comment »

I don’t know who put my name on a list to receive event notifications via cell phone, but for a while now I’ve been receiving news this way of different events being held in the city. I had received at least three messages about a Conga line to be held on Saturday, May 9th.




A New Documentary on Power Struggles in Pre-Revolutionary Cuba

May 8, 2015 | 4 comments

Cuban history is plagued with notable mysteries. What we are fed at school is a superficial and triumphalist narrative full of exaggerated ambivalence, where heroes are exceedingly good and evil men the worst you could imagine.




A Tribute to Those Who Died at Humboldt 7

April 28, 2015 | 3 comments

Enlivened with the songs of Silvio Rodríguez, the Moncada band and other musicians, now typical at this type of event, the tribute brought together a large crowd of curious spectators, underground veterans from the ‘50s, student leaders, local neighbors etc.




On Paranoia and Fear in Cuba

April 10, 2015 | 8 comments

During a hearty, after-meal chat around a table laden with the remains of foul-smelling pizzas and enlivened by boisterous laughter, a friend of ours jokingly “lamented” the little attention and affection shown him by Cuba’s DTI (intelligence department).




Performance Art in the Streets of San Agustin, Havana

March 18, 2015 | No Comments »

A whole caravan of bicycle taxis was advancing down San Agustin, Havana’s 250th Street and a few others, carrying costumed and made-up people who threw grains of rice at passersby. No one knew the reason behind this performance…




Francois Truffaut in the Works of Cuban Painter Antonio Nuñez

February 25, 2015 | No Comments »

At the beginning of the year, while studying the work of Cuban artist Antonio Nuñez (1971), I came across a series produced in 2009, in which different scenes from films by Buñuel, Godard, Truffaut and others are rendered on canvas.