Cuba – It’s Com­pli­cated: Lay­ers of His­tory, Per­cep­tion & Change

Ex­hibit runs through Oct. 29; open­ing Oct. 7

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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