Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Viva Cuba!

Yesterday, Fidel Castro announced his resignation as Cuba's leader. Now whether you see him as evil incarnate or as revolutionary savior, it's a marvel that he stayed alive in power for 49 years.
Now, this blog focuses mainly on arts. Cuba has a lot to offer the world with its flourishing culture of fabulous music (Celia Cruz) and art, plus the acclaimed Havana Biennial started in 1984.
Several provocative artists are showing in international exhibitions. Here's a photo of Carlos Garaicoa's candle installation at Sonsbeek 9, 2001 in which a city (if memory serves correctly, of Rotterdam) slowly burns to the ground. He merges photography, installation and architecture to create works that are relevant to our times.

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