Friday, April 19, 2013

In Cuba With Witness for Peace: Iris Donnelly

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 and Curator Profile: Iris Donnelly

"During my trips to Cuba, I experienced the dichotomy of our policy there and the
reality I witnessed.

Upon returning to the United States, I was faced with a series of questions.--
Why do we continue the fifty-two year embargo on this island nation when the
representative of the State Department that we met with at the Interests Section
in Havana (we have no formal embassy) called it "illogical."  Secretary of State
John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagle concur.

With so many changes in the last few years, like freer travel outside of Cuba
and increased free enterprise, such as private businesses and rights to sell
property,  why does our State Department continue to place Cuba on a terrorist
list that includes Syria, Sudan, and North Korea?

During Apartheid in South Africa, why did we continue medical aid there but
refuse to do so in Cuba?

And in a country that respects the human rights of Cubans in the areas
of health- care and literacy, why do we continue to portray Cuba in a different light?"

-Iris Donnelly
Curator, In Cuba With Witness for Peace

Edsel, Chevy, and Hammer
After several trips to Cuba, Iris Donnelly felt an urgency to portray life in Cuba as she witnessed it, on the cusp of change and unlike the image presented by the US media.

Her latest project is serving as curator and participating photographer of the
exhibit "In Cuba With Witness for Peace."  The International House of Rhode
Island and Witness for Peace were awarded an Arts Access Grant by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for the photography exhibits that will take place at Hera Gallery, Sandywoods/Van Vessem Gallery, and the AS220 Project Space.  As well as Donnelly, photographers Michael Hyatt (AZ) and Eliud Martinez (NYC) will be exhibiting in the exhibition. In addition, there will be a Cuban film series at Hera as well as two powerpoint presentations at the North Kingstown Public Library and The International House of Rhode Island.  There are plans for the exhibit to travel nationally.

1 comment:

Enrique Beeckman said...

Iris Donnelly--beautiful photo juxtaposition, but it's not Edsel, Chevy; it's Edsel, Oldsmobile