Afro-American Artists Present Works in Cuba: A Question of Love

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

ben jonesBen Jones meets Cuba and not with the epidermal curiosity of a visitor’s pass. Rather, he has been a consistent scholar of the culture of the island and of the African diaspora which in the insular space assumes its own face. He has not stopped in the structures of colonial architecture, the grandiose epic or the landscapes of sun, exported to the world. For him, it leaves the unmistakable sound of the Yoruba ritual, the voices, the aesthetic plying the river of the Afro-Cuban. Somehow – he confesses – I feel part of this country and its energies, its culture and its history. More than 60 trips to Havana confirms it.

The syncretic tradition that breathes the streets makes it back in an effort to absorb every essence that can then transform into art. Thus arose the Changó Drawings (1994) series where questioning the codes from which black masculinity is…

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