Friday, April 19, 2013

In Cuba WIth Witness for Peace: Eliud Martinez

Hera Gallery is pleased to present In Cuba With Witness for Peace curated by Iris Donnelly from May 11th to June 8th, 2013. In addition, on Thursdays during the exhibition there will be films at 7:00pm and a gallery talk prior to the film on May 23rd. The public is invited to attend the opening reception held from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Saturday, May 11th.

Exhibiting Artist Profile: Eliud Martinez

Hacia Regla

Eliud Martinez is a Puerto Rican-born, New York City based photographer and writer. His diverse professional activities in Social Work and education have drawn him to social advocacy documentary photography.  His images portray the human condition in the context of multiculturalism, human rights and social justice. These values are implicit in his wide-ranging portrayal of globalized contemporary life in the US and beyond. 


In 2012 his work was featured in a South Street Seaport Museum (NYC) group show on the Occupy Wall Street movement.  His images have appeared in print and web publications, including En Foco/Nueva Luz Magazine, NY Daily News, New York Post, CBS TV, CUNY TV and Metro New York news.  Most recently he was a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council semi-finalist for the 2012 Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) program. 

His work has been exhibited in greater New York area exhibition venues including the Salmagundi Gallery and MediaNoche Gallery  the Compton-Goethals Art gallery at City College and the Arts and Literature Laboratory Gallery in New Haven Connecticut.  His work documenting the Puerto Rican experience on the Island of Puerto Rico as well as in the Diaspora have resulted in two bodies of work that will be exhibited in New York City and Puerto Rico in 2013.  
Sonrisa Habenera

The photographs from his Cuban journey capture an essence of Cuban society that is both a time-capsule as well as the beginnings of a momentous transition.  As an outsider visiting for a short time, Martinez was taken by the world weary, worn patina of a physical environment that speaks of a grand history touched by ancient European and African influences.  These portraits echo the resilience, ingenuity and pride of the Cuban people struggling against a devastating 50-year US embargo.

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