An Exhibition Cuba in Revolution unveiled yesterday at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture. The art venue was opened in 2008 by socialite and billionaire Roman Abramovich’s girlfriend – Dasha Zhukova. Dasha’s new exposition features over 250 original photographs that explore the visual legacy of the Cuban Revolution of 1959. It includes works from over thirty photographers from Cuba, the United States and the USSR, and gives a unique insight into one of the most spectacular political events of the twentieth century.
About the exhibition
Cuba in Revolution explores everyday life in Cuba before and after the Revolution, and considers the ways in which both Cuban and foreign photojournalists helped construct the image of the Revolution for the rest of the world. The exhibition shows the tremendous influence of photography in recording and also encouraging the revolutionary movement in Cuba. It includes important images of pre-Revolutionary Cuba by Constantino Arias, Raúl Corrales, René Burri, Burt Glinn and classics by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Two of the most iconic prints are by Alberto Korda, his 1959 portrait La Niña de la Muñeca de Palo (Girl with a Wooden Doll) and his seminal portrait of Che Guevara titled Guerrillero Heroico (Heroic Guerrilla) from 1960. Also included are a series of never-before-seen images of Che’s death in Bolivia in 1967 by the British photojournalist Brian Moser.
The exhibition also presents the development of Cuban photography, as it positions the work of the most prominent indigenous photographers (Arias, Korda, Corrales and Salas), alongside international photographers and photojournalists (such as Cartier-Bresson, Burri, Glinn, Elliott Erwitt and Andrew Saint-George).
A version of Cuba in Revolution was first exhibited at The International Center of Photography in New York in September 2010.
The exhibition at Garage will be on display till April 24.