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Iliana Cepero Shows What "CUBAIS"

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017

Iliana Cepero, who teaches courses on Latin American art and photography for Open Arts and the Department of Photography and Imaging, recently debuted "CubaIs" at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. The photo exhibition details the intricacies of everyday life and culture in present-day Cuba. From the New York Times:

One of the main goals of the show is to present Cuba in all of its contradictions, “a very layered Cuba of today,” said Ms. Cepero, who grew up in Cuba and left in 2006. She added that the island can be difficult to grasp, especially for tourists[...]

More than 120 images by Cuban and American photographers explore the often harsh realities facing Cubans in Cuba and in the diaspora. “These are some of the aspects that are very much embedded in the Cuban reality of today,” said the curator Iliana Cepero. “Usually our shows don’t reveal these aspects. We wanted to be bold enough to talk about these issues because when you don’t acknowledge them or discuss you don’t solve them.”

Prof. Cepero will teach Contemporary Cuba: Art, Politics, Ideas for Open Arts in Spring 2018. She taught Latin American Photography at DPI in Fall 2017.

"CubaIs" runs through March 4.