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Wednesday April 6th, workshop gallery Funcina des artistas inaugurates the exhibition Hand luggage, by Heidi Hassan.

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Fucina opens

Wednesday April 6th, workshop gallery Funcina des artistas inaugurates the exhibition Hand luggage, by Heidi Hassan.

A few meters from the bustle of 23 and 12, Vedado, Funcina des artistas combines in one space a gallery in which several artists exhibit their work and a workshop for artistic work.

In this case it hosts the work of Heidi Hassan, photographer and filmmaker. The artist studied cinema at the International School of Cinema and Television of San Antonio de los Baños (Cuba) and the Haute Ecole d'Arts et Design Geneva.

It is an initiative of Leonardo Salgado, painter and art critic. To his work as an artist, Leonardo, graduate of San Alejandro, added criticism and consulting galleries in Cuba and abroad.

Fucina, a word with Latin root means factory, is a forge of artists. I always thought of developing a space for artists, where they could work because in Cuba most artists are forced to create at home, given the difficulties to find a place, explains Leonardo.

I also wanted that they could enrich their cultural life in that same space, exchange with other artists. But it is a workshop and you have to give artists the privacy and comfort they need, so exposures are opened for a short time, he adds.

The aim of this space is to give an opportunity to young people, those who live far from the city, or other reasons, and have great difficulty approaching the gallery circuit. It is open for being used. I would like to be always available for artists without all the paperwork. Sure, it's for artists with talent, skills to develop, says the creator of Fucina.

This study, and others that have appeared in Havana, are a response. The galleries have many bureaucratic requirements that limit their actions. The creative process of an artist is spontaneous and the galleries do not allow it to be displayed. To exhibit in a gallery the project must be presented a year and a half before, because schedules are annual; others galleries work with only a group of artists. Artists have had to create their own spaces, says Leonardo.

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