Surprises at the Dynamic and Creative Havana Biennial

May 26, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Havana’s 12th Arts Biennial has been more surprising than anyone could have imagined: so much disinformation and last-minute changes have to be a performance designed to interact with the public and remain in step with the nature of the gathering. (17 photos)

The Skin as Canvas: Tattoo Art in Cuba

May 25, 2015 | 3 comments

Following the migratory crises of the 1990s, tattoos went from being the mark of sailors, former inmates and criminals to inscriptions born by a wide range of people, not all of whom had a “socially unacceptable” past.

Now Open: The Havana Biennial 2015

May 23, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Art has taken over the Cuban capital for the next month with the opening on Friday of the 12th Havana Biennial. Expositions, street art, performances and much more can be seen at numerous locations through June 22. HT was at some of the inaugurations. (27 photos)

Cuban Sculptor Luis Manuel Otero Addresses Political & Social Issues

May 20, 2015 | No Comments »

Wielding a machete like a Mambi Cuban independence fighter, he tears apart, cuts and divides pieces of wood found at street corners and dump sites and, using tattered strips of old clothing, puts together an animal, an international pop icon or any other type of object.

Art, Havana and Public Spaces

May 17, 2015 | No Comments »

On May 22, the sleepy town of Casablanca will be shaken awake by the start of the 12th Havana Arts Biennale, Cuba’s most important contemporary art gathering. For a month, it will cease to be a silent, culturally derelict town & become a meeting place for visual artists from around the world. We will see performances, interventions and public art installations.

The Essence of the Object: An Artist’s Fascination and Metaphor

May 15, 2015 | No Comments »

Yomer Fidel Montejo Harrys was born in Camagüey in 1983. Coming face-to-face with this 31-year-old artist, we find ourselves with a young man with a watchful eye and a friendly smile. An artist who has travelled along a long road of search, discovery and exploration which goes far beyond the naivety that we had discerned at a first glance.

Mexican Painter Hector Vargas at Havana’s 2015 Arts Biennale

May 12, 2015 | No Comments »

The public’s expectations about foreign artists soon to arrive on the island to participate in this year’s Havana Arts Biennale (May 22 – June 22) with interesting pieces can already be felt in the city. Today we visit with Mexican artest Hector Vargas. (9 photos)

The Critical Lens of Cuban Visual Artist Eddos

May 4, 2015 | No Comments »

A Cuban visual artist, Eddos casts a critical glance at the world through his lens. “My work tries to raise awareness and restore feelings,” he tells us.

A Film About Cuba’s Past Nuclear Dreams

April 3, 2015 | 3 comments

Carlos M. Quintela’s La obra del siglo (“The Work of the Century”) was filmed in Cuba’s Juragua nuclear city, in the province of Cienfuegos, a place that invokes the great illusions the island harbored during the 1980s.

A Cuban’s Passion for Photography and Writing

March 30, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Ariel Maceo Tellez, 28, seems happy when speaking about photography and writing, his two passions in life. “My main motivation was cinema. My main interest was to make films, but photography is more accessible…” (8 photos)