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The exhibition Cuba Iluminada, by Spanish photographer Héctor Garrido, is open to the public during the whole month of July at the Center for Visual Arts Development in Havana.

It is an impeccable collection of 250 portraits of culture, arts and sports personalities from the island, taken during the last six years.

Cuba Iluminada

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Cuba Iluminada

The exhibition Cuba Iluminada, by Spanish photographer Héctor Garrido, is open to the public during the whole month of July at the Center for Visual Arts Development in Havana.

It is an impeccable collection of 250 portraits of culture, arts and sports personalities from the island, taken during the last six years.

The project is kept open, ‘it never closes’, said Garrido at the opening. The photographer intends to continue for ‘six more years, or ten or twenty’ to expand this journey through the visages of Cuban culture.

Up to this point, Cuba Iluminada gathers 115 printed and framed photos, which summarize the chapters of the eponymous book, and which are joined by almost 400 images projected onto seven screens set up in another of the spacious halls occupied by the exhibition.

Among those visages are renowned dancers such as Alicia Alonso and Carlos Acosta, writers like Leonardo Padura, actors Jorge Perugorría and Vladimir Cruz—the leads in the film Strawberry and Chocolate—Havana historian Eusebio Leal and high-jumper Javier Sotomayor.

Some of them, like Padura, Sotomayor, painter Flora Fong, filmmaker Fernando Pérez, choreographer Lizt Alfonso or dancer Viengsay Valdés attended the opening of the exhibition at the gallery in Old Havana.

For a devotee of portraiture like Garrido, Cuba is ‘a garden where you never run out of material for such a work’, and that is why he sees his project as a process which, he insists, he doesn’t want to bring to an end.

Garrido highlights Havana as ‘one more character’ around which Cuba Iluminada revolves, and that is why he has chosen for the beginning of the different chapters of his book ‘very rich’ photographs he has taken in the ‘most beautiful and unique’ places of the island’s capital city, and in other places such as Matanzas, Baracoa, Gibara and Pinar del Río.

In his journey around the island, he has searched for ‘those corners and those people who live in Cuba today’, including brightly talented young people who are starting their careers onstage.

After its time in Havana, the next stop of the exhibition will be at the Huelva Film Festival, in early November.

 

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