Thursday, April 18, 2013

Exhibition and Film Series: In Cuba With Witness for Peace

 In Cuba With Witness for Peace
May 11th  – June 8th 
Opening Reception:  Saturday, May 11th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

In Cuba With Witness for Peace portrays in photographs the people, culture, and landscape of Cuba.  The photographers, Iris Donnelly, Michael Hyatt and Eliud Martinez recorded their trip to Cuba in April, 2012 while part of an Arts and Culture delegation with Witness for Peace New England.

The exhibit is consistent with the mission of Witness for Peace (WFP), a nationwide, politically independent grassroots organization, which supports peace, justice, and sustainable economies of the Americas by changing US policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Cuban Constitution guarantees its citizens the right to appreciate all forms of artistic expression.  As the photographers visited artists' studios, art schools and music venues, they saw that art and music are everywhere. Other highlights of the delegation were witnessing the blossoming of entrepreneurship in small in-home restaurants and B&Bs, learning that the entire country has been named by the United Nations "an illiteracy- free zone," visiting the extensive organic community farm in Alamar (one of a network), and observing the efficiency of the healthcare system (Cuba has the best doctor-patient ratio in the world-- one doctor per 165 people). The goal of this exhibit is to open people's minds to other sides of life on this diverse and culturally rich island.

Eliud Martinez is a New York City based documentary photographer and writer whose diverse professional activities in social work and education have drawn him to examine globalized diversity in the United States and beyond. Michael Hyatt of Tucson, Arizona has exhibited and published his work extensively and has won many awards, including the annual Eric Hoffer Independent Book Publishing Award for his book Migrant Artifacts: Magic & Loss in the Sonoran Desert. Rhode Islander Iris Donnelly, curator of this exhibit, has done extensive work in Central America and for ten years has been the photographer of the Chappaquiddick Tribe of the Wampanoag Indian Nation.


May 16th:     Unfinished Spaces
Facilitated by Dr. Olga Juzyn, Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages, Rhode Island College

May 23rd:     GALLERY TALK followed by Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up? Facilitated by Jose Torrealba, organizer for many years of the RI Latin American Film Festival

May 30th:     The True Story of Che Guevara
Facilitated by Dr. Linda Crawford, Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages Salve Regina University

The exhibition and films will take place in Hera Gallery’s new location on 10 High Street in Wakefield, RI. The public is invited to attend the films every Thursday of the exhibit at 7:00pm and the opening reception of In Cuba With Witness for Peace held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11th.

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