Cuban Film Series at Hera Gallery

  • 15 May 2013
  • 30 May 2013
  • Hera Gallery, Wakefield RI 02879
Hera Gallery is pleased to present In Cuba With Witness for Peace curated by Iris Donnelly. The exhibition will run from May 11th to June 8th, 2013. In addition, on Thursdays during the exhibition there will be films at 7:00pm and a gallery talk prior to the film on May 23rd. The public is invited to attend the opening reception held from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Saturday, May 11th.

In Cuba With Witness for Peace
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11th
6:00- 8:00pm
Film Series: Thursdays at 7:00pm
Details Below


Iris Donnelly, Juxtaposed

In Cuba With Witness for Peace portrays in photographs the people, culture, and landscape of Cuba. The photographers, Iris Donnelly, Michael Hyatt and Eliud Martinez recorded their trip to Cuba in April, 2012 while part of an Arts and Culture delegation with Witness for
Peace New England.

The exhibit is consistent with the mission of Witness for Peace (WFP), a nationwide, politically independent grassroots organization, which supports peace, justice, and sustainable economies of the Americas by changing US policies and corporate practices that contribute to
poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Cuban Constitution guarantees its citizens the right to appreciate all forms of artistic expression. As the photographers visited artists' studios, art schools and music venues, they saw that art and music are everywhere. Other highlights of the delegation were
witnessing the blossoming of entrepreneurship in small in-home restaurants and B&Bs, learning that the entire country has been named by the United Nations "an illiteracy- free zone," visiting the extensive organic community farm in Alamar (one of a network), and
observing the efficiency of the healthcare system (Cuba has the best doctor-patient ratio in the world-- one doctor per 165 people). The goal of this exhibit is to open people's minds to other sides of life on this diverse and culturally rich island.

Eliud Martinez is a New York City based documentary photographer and writer whose diverse professional activities in social work and education have drawn him to examine globalized diversity in the United
States and beyond. Michael Hyatt of Tucson, Arizona has exhibited and published his work extensively and has won many awards, including the annual Eric Hoffer Independent Book Publishing Award for his book
Migrant Artifacts: Magic & Loss in the Sonoran Desert. Rhode Islander Iris Donnelly, curator of this exhibit, has done extensive work in Central America and for ten years has been the photographer of the Chappaquiddick Tribe of the Wampanoag Indian Nation.


CUBAN FILM SERIES THURSDAYS AT 7:00PM

May 16th: Unfinished Spaces
Facilitated by Dr. Olga Juzyn, Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages, Rhode
Island College

Read about the award winning film HERE

May 23rd: GALLERY TALK followed by Will the Real Terrorist Please
Stand Up? Facilitated by Jose Torrealba, organizer for many years of the RI Latin American Film Festival

Read about the film HERE

May 30th: The True Story of Che Guevara
Facilitated by Dr. Linda Crawford, Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages
Salve Regina University

Read about the film HERE


This exhibition was funded in part through an Arts Access Grant from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.




Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhoode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders, Hera Educational Foundation and Friends of Hera.





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