Event Details

  • June 1, 2017 to
    June 25, 2017
  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Free


Event Description

The Vegetable Seller | El Vendedor de Verduras, Santiago de Cuba, Photo-collage, 40x73

Mark Guglielmo Cuba in Transition: Narrative and Perspective Photo-collages, interviews & field recordings June 1-25, 2017 A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060 Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12-5, Friday 12-8. Closed Monday. Tel 413 586 5553 | apearts.org | markguglielmo.com Opening Reception: Friday June 9th 5-9PM with Special Guest DJ Bongohead Narratives & Perspectives from the Cuban Diaspora, A Bilingual Conversation: Saturday June 17th 2PM Artist & Curator Talk: Thursday June 22nd 6PM “Cuba in Transition: Narrative and Perspective” is a new exhibition of large-scale photo-collages, interviews, and field recordings by Northampton-based artist Mark Guglielmo. Curated by Waleska Santiago-Centeno, the exhibit opens at A.P.E. Gallery in June 2017 and will travel to Cienfuegos and Trinidad, Cuba in January 2018. Each collage measures 5 to 15 feet long and is handmade by taping together hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individual 4x6” photographs. Neither a computer nor Photoshop are used. Culled from dozens of audio interviews Guglielmo recorded and conducted in Spanish, diverse Cuban voices and perspectives are presented on portable mp3 players. It is the New York-born artist's second exhibition with the gallery. Guglielmo visited Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa in July 2015 and Havana and Viñales in February 2016 before President Obama’s landmark trip to Cuba in March 2016, the first by a sitting US President in 88 years. In February 2017, Guglielmo returned to the island, this time to Cienfuegos and Trinidad de Cuba, just two months after the death of Fidel Castro. An homage to Cuba at this historic moment, this project chronicles a most dynamic and rich culture full of heart and soul, melded in the crucible of isolation: geographically, economically and politically. A bilingual community conversation “Narratives & Perspectives from the Cuban Diaspora” on Saturday June 17 at 2pm will include Smith College Dance Professor Dr. Lester Tomé, Maricel Lucero, an ESL teacher at Holyoke's Paulo Freire Charter School whose father is a martyr of the Cuban revolution, Gloria Caballero, a faculty member at the MacDuffie School and researching her second Ph.D, Springfield resident Aristides Lima (80), who spent his first 50 years in Cuba, and Miguel Periche, a Holguín native and artistic director of his Afro-Cuban dance group Iroko Nuevo. An “Artist & Curator Talk” will take place on Thursday June 22nd at 6pm. All events will be held in the gallery, free and open to the public. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, curator Waleska Santiago-Centeno, a graduate of Harvard University’s Museum Studies master’s program, has mounted more than 20 critically acclaimed Caribbean art exhibits in New England, including “Nuestras Abuelas / Our Grandmothers” at UMASS, Wheaton College, Westfield Athenaeum and the Wistariahurst Museum and “Madamas: Women, Madonnas and Mothers” at Westfield Athenaeum and The University of Rhode Island. Guglielmo received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Haverford College, Pennsylvania in 1992. His work has been featured in Huffington Post, The Sun, Rolling Stone, Spin, Il Manifesto (Rome), Valley Advocate, Preview Massachusetts, and Daily Hampshire Gazette. A former rapper and hip-hop producer, he has collaborated with Eminem, Cut Chemist, Evelyn Harris, and Young@Heart Chorus, helping to launch their Prison Project and still participates in weekly rehearsals with the incarcerated at Chicopee Women’s Prison and Northampton Men’s Prison. His instrumentals are the soundtrack to hundreds of TV shows including Pimp My Ride and The Real World while his paintings and photo-collages are in public and private collections around the world. This program is sponsored by NEPR, El Sol Latino, WHMP, Daily Hampshire Gazette, WGBY and supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state

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