The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas, with the support of the Permanent Mission of the United States to the OAS, announces Raw Poetry: Ernesto Bazan and Cuba. Born and raised in Palermo, on the Italian island of Sicily, photographer Ernesto Bazan arrived in Cuba in 1992. He remained there for fourteen years, until being forced to leave in 2006. From this period on the island, Bazan produced three photographic books: Bazan Cuba, Al Campo, and Isla. In 2016, Bazan unexpectedly returned to Cuba in the wake of the death of Fidel Castro. From his 2016 visits, he produced his fourth book, 25 de Noviembre. This exhibition highlights works included in 25 de Noviembre and features photographs from throughout Bazan’s time in Cuba.
For Bazan, the photographic exploration inspired by Cuba and its people sustained marriage and parenthood and survived exile and return. His photographs of Cuba examine the complicated love and longing that he has felt for the island. They represent a rare, extended vision of a unique place and its people, among whom Bazan lived, loved, and worked.
An exhibition in collaboration with the DZ BANK Art Foundation
The show which opens as part as the Berlin Art Week, highlights the direct exchange between the genres of painting, graphics, sculpture, photography and video, and illustrate common food for thought.
Artist from the Berliner Volksbank art collection, whose collection focuses on figurative art from the 1980s and 1990s from Berlin and Esat Germany, are compared with works of art from the DZ BANK collection, whose focus on photographic forms of expression extends from 1045 to present.