1982, Camagüey, Cuba
As an art
student in Cuba, I was constantly exposed to historical memorabilia,
collectibles and artworks from other periods of time.These were relevant
to me as they were rare and truthful testimonies from the past. They
stored information that differed, in many cases, with the official
history I was taught at school – the government’s version of the
struggles for independence in Cuba. That version was the result of a
unilateral doctrine that justifies the political ideology in the Island.
I felt motivation for revisiting history -this time from the
perspective of an artist. I chose traditional painting techniques to
create works whose stories contrast with the established literature on
Cuban history. In my paintings, I come up with actions and narratives
that are alternative to Cuba’s mainstream history, hoping that my images
could also legitimize Cuban men and their doctrines.