The exhibition “¡Cuba, Cuba!,” organized by the International Center of Photography, opened the day after the U.S. embassy officially reopened in Havana. The show includes more than 100 photos made in Cuba during the past 60 years by both Cuban-born photographers and Americans who traveled in the country. Many of the images, like Burt Glinn’s photo of Fidel Castro addressing a crowd in 1959 shortly after he seized control of the country’s government, document historic turning points. The show also includes works by many artists, such as multimedia artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, who have taken a conceptual approach to exploring Cuban culture, spirituality and identity.
“¡Cuba, Cuba!” was curated by art historian Iliana Cepero and ICP curator Pauline Vermare. In an interview posted on the ICP website, Cepero says, “I hope this show demonstrates that it is precisely the constant struggle and hardships, the material limitations, and political barriers that have ultimately nurtured the strength and vitality of Cuban photography.”
“¡Cuba, Cuba!” is on view now through September 7 at the Southampton Arts Center in Southampton, New York, while ICP prepares to move into its new building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.