A Showcase of Cuban Women Photographers in the US
Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) presents Building a Feminist Archive: Cuban Women Photographers in the US; an exhibition that features ten women artists whose works in photography provide a glimpse into diverse histories of migration, community, activism and resistance.
The work will be on view in the Central and East Galleries now through Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. Free Opening Reception is Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. during Old Town Untapped. And then join us for a walkthrough of the exhibition and a conversation with artists and the curator of Building a Feminist Archive: Cuban Women Photographers in the US. Wednesday, Dec.18, 2019 at| 7 p.m. For more information, www.baileyarts.org.
This exhibition is presented as part of the launching activities of Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA), an emerging organization dedicated to research, promotion, support and education on the role of women, and those identified as women, in photography. It is curated by
Aldeide Delgado, art historian and curator whose project Catalog of Cuban Women Photographers collates, for the first time, the works of Cuban women photographers from the 19th Century to the present.
“U.S-based female Cuban artists have flourished as a result of a more openly creative environment which they now live,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “The photographs freely explore their experiences without censure.”
Archives have traditionally functioned as repositories that legitimize a patriarchal construction of history. These spaces have been confined to institutions with very restrictive access where only a few have the privilege of interpreting its documents.
How can the framework of feminism help to explore and reconstruct historical narratives?
Photography played a fundamental role in the feminist art movement of the late 1960s, in large part because of its accessibility and its direct engagement of political and social issues. By using photography, women artists found a powerful tool to deconstruct the male gaze and to bring private themes into public discussion. Also, photography was a non-traditional medium- a recent one in comparison to painting and sculpture- that expanded the definition of fine arts and incorporated diverse artistic possibilities.
Building a Feminist Archive: Cuban Women Photographers in the US shows the varied contributions of Cuban women artists living and working in the United States since the seventies, when the concept of a collective “Latino” identity became crucial. These artists started to attend art schools and found themselves inspired by and responding to the social movements of their time. They created new images of their communities and examined pluricultural experiences challenging the notion of being exclusively Cuban or American. This show reveals artwork rarely seen or exhibited, and at the same time promotes reflection on the social, cultural and political identities of Cuban Women Artists in the United States within the current discussion of Latinx art.
Aurora de Armendi, Carlotta Boettcher, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Coco Fusco, Nereida García Ferraz, Silvia Lizama, María Martínez-Cañas, Yali Romagoza, Gladys Triana, and Juana Valdés.
Schedule of Events
Wednesday December 11, 2019 – Historic Ali Cultural Arts Hosted by John Kelly
- Happy hour & Courtyard Mixer – 5pm to 6pm
- Artist Talk – 6pm to 7pm (Dassan)
- Prelim Poetry Bout – 7pm to 9pm (Courtyard)
- Poetry in the Cell Open Mic – 9pm to 11pm
Thursday December 12, 2019 – Bailey Contemporary Arts Hosted by Ed Mabrey
- Workshop – 4pm to 5pm (West Gallery)
- Happy Hour & Gallery Party – 5pm to 6pm
- Artist Talk – 6pm to 7pm (Boris “Bluz” Rodgers)
- Prelim Poetry Bout 7pm to 9pm (East Gallery)
- Compliment Challenge by the Old Town Fountain; or inside BaCA if the weather is inclement– 9pm to 11pm
Friday December 13, 2019 — Pompano Beach Cultural Center Hosted by Eccentrich
- Workshop – 4pmpm to 5pm (Digital Media Center)
- Happy Hour & Mixer – 5pm to 7pm
- Prelim Poetry Bout – 7pm to 9pm (Theater)
- Cypher – 9pm to 11pm
Saturday December 14, 2019
Community Beach Party & Picnic – 11am to 3pm (Pavilion One)
Final Stage – 8pm to 11pm (Pompano Beach Cultural Center – theater)