Yanelys Nuñez’s Diary

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The Cuban Museum of Dissent, a First Encounter

June 11, 2016 | 12 comments

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to write this article. Perhaps because I’ve had too many emotions running through my mind recently: anger, anxiety, disappointment, discomfort. Feelings which haven’t allowed me to reflect calmly upon the situation.

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Puente Sur: Art Performances and Installations Outside Havana

March 29, 2016 | No Comments »

We were carrying a two-meter-tall, cardboard house. We only had a few blocks to walk to reach Esquina de Tejas, where the bus would pick us up. It was the opening day of the Puente Sur National Performance and Installation Day.

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A Young Teacher Speaks of Cuba’s Oldest Art Academy

February 7, 2016 | 1 Comment »

On the occasion of another anniversary of Cuba’s San Alejandro Arts Academy – celebrated recently – we conversed with Aluan Arguelles, one of the institution’s youngest teachers, to get to know how this, Latin America’s oldest school of its type, operates internally.

Tourist taking pictures.
A Havana New Year’s Mugging

January 1, 2016 | 26 comments

She’s a foreigner walking down Havana’s Cerro avenue, near Tulipan. She’s read in several travel books that there’s practically no violence in Cuba, so she can’t imagine a group of young people will mug her there at 4 pm.

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“Galeria Continua” a New Art Space in Havana

December 18, 2015 | 1 Comment »

What people thought would be the artistic event of the year was nothing other than a run-of-the-mill exhibition in the Cuban capital. The first opening of Galeria Continua (“Continuous Gallery”) was not as spectacular as many had expected.

Cuban Artist Stages Strip Show at Havana Wi-Fi Hot Spot

December 7, 2015 | No Comments »

On November 28, 2015, on an invitation from Cuban visual artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara, a group of friends and colleagues offered the artist’s wife a unique anniversary gift.

Street corner in Old Havana.  Photo: Elio Delgado Valdes
Is it a Crime to Go for a Walk with a Foreigner in Havana?

November 24, 2015 | 28 comments

I still haven’t managed to let go of the anger or overcome the surprise. While strolling down a street in Old Havana next to a foreign friend of mine, a police officer stopped me to ask me the most ludicrous questions I’ve heard.

Leandro Soto’s New Exhibition at Havana’s La Acacia Gallery

November 18, 2015 | No Comments »

Cuban visual artist Leandro Soto (Cienfuegos, 1956), renowned performer who left the country during the Special Period exodus, returns to us with the beguiling aura of a gypsy. (6 photos)

From the series by Aluan Arguelles titled "Nautica"
Aluan Arguelles Sets Up a “Chart Room” in Havana Gallery

November 2, 2015 | No Comments »

People frequently talk about the garbage left on river banks, coastal areas and lakes, but we seldom look past the first impression this makes on us, to the evidence of human activity it reveals. Nature, of course, is not at all grateful for these kinds of practices, but artists can rummage through any sea of waste to find vestiges of life.

The Trauma of Never Having Had a Pet

October 20, 2015 | 1 Comment »

I’ve never had a pet. When I was a kid, my mom would come up with a million (admittedly good) reasons why I couldn’t. The ice broke while studying at university, when I was more or less forced to live with a street cat, which would sneak into the house I lived in at the time during the night.