Yanelys Nuñez’s Diary

Mexico’s Third Root

September 1, 2015 | No Comments »

The issue addressed by La tercera raiz (“The Third Root”), which tackles the impact that African traditions have had on Mexican culture, was something I knew nothing about. The two other roots, the indigenous and Spanish ones, were rather familiar notions for me.

Some Post-Biennale Exhibitions in Havana

August 13, 2015 | No Comments »

The hectic days of Havana’s Arts Biennale are behind us and a deep silence has taken hold of the Cuban art world. To mitigate this silence, some artists have decided to stage personal exhibitions.

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).