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Cuba, Then & Now

© Ernesto Bazan

© Ernesto Bazan

June 25 – August 08, 2015 at the Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, 560 Broadway #603 in New York. An Opening Reception will be held Thursday, June 25, 6-8pm. Artist’s Talks are scheduled for Monday, June 29, 7-8pm with Ernesto Bazan; and Monday, July 13, 7-8pm with Magdalena Solé. More info: souslesetoilesgallery.net 

Ernesto Bazan’s black-and-white photographs, from the vivid street life he captured in the first years after his arrival in Cuba in 1992, to the contemplative panoramic images of ISLA published for the first time in 2014, documents one of the most complex times for the island country. Yet, grounded in warmth, and borne from the artist’s deeply treasured connection with the people of Cuba, the series conveys the heady, erratic energy through the lens of an insider.

For Solé, the island became an unexpected balm, transporting the artist to the Spain she remembered from her childhood. While Cuba remained in the backwaters of American consciousness, Solé rejoiced to see the simple repasts of 1960s Spain alive and well in Cuba, and sought to reveal through her signature eye for color the first stirrings of transformation in a country on the brink of change.

Ernesto Bazan, born in 1959 in Palermo. In 2009, his book “Bazan Cuba” was awarded Book of the Year at the New York Photo Festival. He lives in Veracruz in Mexico.

Magdalena Solé is a social documentary photographer concerned with communities at the edge of society. Known for her sensitive expressions of culture through distinctive color artistry, her photographs describe brief moments of human existence, carried by the rhythm of a setting.


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