Yanelys Nuñez’s Diary

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.

“Wedding Dress”, a Disappointing Cuban Film

February 13, 2015 | 1 Comment »

I went to see Marylin Solaya’s Vestido de Novia (“Wedding Dress”) with high expectations, after hearing much praise for the film during its screening at the Havana Film Festival last December.

Cuban Artist Antonio Nuñez in Re-Verse

February 6, 2015 | No Comments »

On January 28, we took down the pieces of one of the best exhibitions organized at our gallery in 2014. Antonio Nuñez Hernandez is a Cuban artist born in Camaguey who has been living in Germany for more than 10 years. (8 photos)

Escape at Havana’s Adolfo Llaurado Theater

January 27, 2015 | No Comments »

Perhaps I am being overly critical and possibly unfair, but one gets tired of being understanding and seeing the same muck swept under the carpet over and over again.

Needed Remodeling in what was Havana’s Fin de Siglo Department Store

January 18, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Though some home-made shoes have rather nasty designs, I do find some models that appeal to me and I enjoy wearing. What’s more, the products sold at the government’s hard-currency stores are anything but attractive.