Havana Now

August 29-October 4, 2014

Galeria del Movimiento @ Southwest Workers Union

 

Southwest Workers Union, in collaboration with Bihl Haus Arts, is pleased to present Havana Now, an exhibit by photographer Eric Lane. Havana Now is a series of large-scale enhanced digital color images printed on canvas. At first glance, the images are of the streets and people of Havana, Cuba. “Personally,” writes Eric Lane, “these images have a deeper meaning. They represent how far I have come from those fear-laden days of my childhood when I built a ‘nuclear shelter’ under the playhouse in our backyard, to today when I know it’s well past time to end the longest embargo in U.S. history. They reflect my own evolution, philosophically, creatively, and politically, from the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to my trip to Cuba in 2012. I hope this exhibit is not only a feast for the eyes but also a window into the beautiful soul that is Cuba.”

“Havana Now” opened with a public reception at Galeria del Movimiento, Southwest Workers Union, on Friday, August 29, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The reception featured Cuban-style foods and live music by Latin-fusion band Los Nahuatlatos with a special performance by Cuban-born duo Las Krudas (Austin). This is an official Fotoseptiembre USA exhibit.

Eric Lane Havana NowABOUT THE ARTIST: Eric Lane is a San Antonio based photographer. His work has been exhibited at Gallista Gallery, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Centro Cultural Aztlan, and Bihl Haus Arts, and for 6 consecutive years at various venues during the annual On and Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour, along with other locations across San Antonio.

Originally from the Bay Area in Northern California, he graduated from Santa Clara University with a major in political science and a minor in studio art. At the age of 1, he and his family moved to Italy. His first language was Italian. He credits Italian culture, impressionist painter Michele Cascella and the energy and consciousness of the late 60’s and early 70’s as his strongest influences.

BACKGROUND:

Eric Lane Havana StreetThroughout the past 26 years Southwest Workers Union has intentionally collaborated with social movements in Cuba to exchange knowledge and understand the current political climate. Caribbean countries, with the exception of Cuba in 1886, were among the first to dismantle the slave system and liberate themselves from the capitalist structures that exploited the people and the land. As an organization that is led by people of color, workers and migrants we mirror the same ideology of the Latino and Caribbean Social Movements that work toward the development of systems that are based in and led by the community, such as free educational programs and a robust urban agriculture model. In 2008 SWU lead a delegation of 10 people to Cuba to exchange and strengthen our ties with our Cuban brothers and sisters. That collaboration has shown us that workers, indigenous people, women and youth hold the power for long-term systemic change.

Bihl Haus Arts and Cuba: Bihl Haus Arts presented the exhibit ICONS by Adrian Rumbaut, visiting from Cuba, in Spring 2012. Rumbaut is now working as a curator with Bihl Haus to bring a group exhibit of works by Cuban artists to San Antonio in 2016.

For background resources on Cuban-US relations, see the series of articles listed by the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/us-cuba-relations/

RELATED EVENT:

  • Wed. September 17, 7 pm: Screening of the film The Grandchildren of the Cuban Revolution http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1946438/ Shot guerrilla style by director Carlos Montaner, the film documents youth culture in Cuba and what the revolution means to the current generation.
  • Tue., Sept. 30 7 pm: Lecture by Dr. Gerald Poyo (St. Mary’s University) on  “Social Justice Catholics and the Cuban Revolution,” in collaboration with the San Antonio Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Southwest Workers Union is an organization supported by its members who are primarily workers and youth working toward dignity & justice in their community. National partners include South X Southwest Experiment, Grassroots Global Justice, Domestic Worker Alliance and Media Alliance Grassroots Network. 

Bihl Haus Arts is supported in part by the City of San Antonio Department of Culture and Creative Development; by grants from the WellMed Charitable, Genevieve & Ward Orsinger, San Antonio Area and Shield-Ayres Foundations; by Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments, where Bihl Haus Arts is located; by Michael Imbimbo, Architects; and by Friends of Bihl Haus Arts.