Cuban Documentary Series

Curated by Luis Gispert and Gean Moreno

This is a presentation of the work of six Cuban video producers and filmmakers who work in an essayistic mode that often involves encounters with marginalized social spaces and cultures. Ranging from the 1960s and 70s documentaries of the late Nicolás Guillén Landrián to the current projects of Magdiel Aspillaga, the selection engages questions of immediacy and quality, while probing spaces and customs that usually exist beyond the scope of the mainstream. Often turning their cameras on Afro-Cuban communities, the countryside, and immigrant neighborhoods in the West, these cultural producers present realities that are often kept at the social edges. But they do this while complicating the very nature of the documentary as an objective entity.

Biographies

Luis Gispert is a mutli-media artist who works in photography, sculpture, video installations and film, He received a BFA in film from the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the sculpture department at Yale University. His work, which has been exhibited worldwide, was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, and has had a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum at Altria in New York.

Gean Moreno moved to the U.S. after spending his childhood in Bogota, Colombia. His work has been shown at the North Miami MoCA, CCA Glasgow, Ulrich Museum, MAC, Frost Museum, Bass Museum, Cu4rto Nivel Foundation in Bogota, Haifa Museum, and many more. He was closely involved with Locust Projects in Miami between 2002 and 2006.