Got an email from a friend in Cuba who sent pics on this new installation. It’s called “Memoria y Palabras” (Memories and Words) which is a perfect title considering ALL the things young artists have swimming in their heads right now for this little country fighting to redefine itself through a new generation. Since there is no freedom of press in Cuba, it is best to look to their art scene to gauge their emotions. This show is a pensive walk through just that… the recycled goods of an aged nation dissected and reconfigured to tell a new story.
In the last few months, Raul Castro has finally allowed Cubans to buy computers, DVD players, and cell phones (although a regular salary in Cuba is $10-$20 a month). Their economy is a big issue for him to tackle, but he does claim he’s discussing reforms now. Internet is still illegal and freedom to travel is still restricted. Here’s to the youth and their explosive art scene as they “work it out” on gallery walls.