Yanelys Nuñez’s Diary


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My New Work Situation

July 21, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I was informed that my employment at the cultural institution had been permanently terminated because “I had damaged the system’s, institution’s or country’s image by communicating malicious or misleading information.




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Getting Used to Havana’s WI-FI

July 13, 2016 | 2 comments

Ever since my problems began because of my involvement with the Cuban Museum of Dissent, I haven’t been able to connect to the internet again at my old workplace, the Revolution and Culture magazine.




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“The Story Belongs to the One Telling It”

July 9, 2016 | 2 comments

“Now, everybody wants to touch on the subject of the US,” a fellow artist notes. “It’s because there’s no way of isolating yourself from it,” responds a colleague.




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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.




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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.




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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.




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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.