Cuba – It’s Complicated: Layers of History, Perception & Change
Exhibit runs through Oct. 29; opening Oct. 7
Five renowned Chester County artists share their discovery of Cuba with the public in a gallery exhibition of more than 250 striking photographs and works of art
Cuba is a land that has for so long been shrouded by controversy and contradiction, separating myth from the reality of Cuban daily life is all but impossible for the vast majority of Americans. For five renowned Chester County artists, however, understanding Cuba and sharing their discoveries has become a passion that will be on full display with the photography exhibit, “Cuba – It’s Complicated: Layers of History, Perception & Change,” hosted by the Sunset Hill Fine Arts Gallery, 23 North High Street, in West Chester. Opening with a gallery walk on Friday, Oct. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m., the exhibit will be on display for the public through Oct. 29, 2016.
Cuba – It’s Complicated features more than 250 striking photos which together create a collective portrait of Cuban life spanning three years of travel and collaborative of travel and collaborative effort by five distinguished local artists who have come to know Cuba past its surface, to its cultural core: Darcie Goldberg, Ellie Byrom-Haley, Ben Richardson, Steve Adams and Tracy Colletto Adams. The pieces reflect perspectives of Cuba that have evolved over their multiple explorative journeys throughout the country, and each artist brings his or her own unique frame of reference, perceptions, impressions, and artistic area of focus to their photography.
“Our journeys to Cuba were impactful on so many levels, both in a purely human sense but also creatively,” said Darcie Goldberg, gallery artist and former Chester County Art Association executive director. “The way the five of us could all be together at the same place and time, yet all have such different results and influences on our artwork, was remarkable. Cuba pushed all of us to elevate our artwork both individually and collaboratively.”
The photos of Cuba – It’s Complicated find innovative ways to capture both the emblematic images of Cuba such as classic cars and tobacco leaves, as well as the decisive moments that truly convey daily Cuban life and culture, whether in the unhindered joy of a child’s street acrobatics or ubiquitous cell phone absorption where it’s least expected. Exhibit attendees will be treated to a rare glimpse in to a country as surprising as it is misunderstood. The artists of Cuba – It’s Complicated skillfully take viewers on a journey through Cuba as it is now, caught uniquely between its isolated past and global future.
Admission is free.
An image from “Cuba–It’s Complicated: Photography & Art Exhibit” at Sunset Hill Fine Arts Gallery in West Chester.