Ernesto Bazan documented everyday life in Cuba for a quarter of a century. Cuban Trilogy consists of three photographic cycles, each of which in a different way illustrates the Italian artist’s attitude to the country that – visited years ago – has become his second homeland.
Bazan Cuba – the cycle created during the unrest related to the collapse of the communist bloc, named by Fidel Castro El Periodo Special – opens a set of seventy photographs presented at the exhibition. The Al Campo series – created after the author had decided to settle on the island and start a family – is a tribute to the simple life in the countryside. His later cycle Isla is a culmination of eliminating everything that was political in favour what is private and universal. The series includes intimate portraits as well as panoramic landscapes and still lifes.
The poetics of Bazan’s photography has evolved over nearly three decades of his work. Beginning with black and white, stern in character, documentaries of poverty after the fall of the Soviet Union, the author sometimes experimented with the use of colour to fully consciously use it – as he describes it – in meditations upon the landscapes of the island. Along with the transformations of the works of Bazan, his subjects changed as well, among which there is less political anecdote, but more introspection and a sense of belonging.
“It is a nation which loves and appreciates life in its simplest manifestations. I photographed their dignity, entrepreneurship, their love for children, music and dance, and their ardent religiosity. With time, I stopped being a distant observer,” – says Bazan.
Cuban Trilogy is part of the programme of bringing Polish audience to the classics of the world photography, carried out by the Fort Institute of Photography Foundation.
Ernesto Bazan (b. 1959) | based in Veracruz (Mexico) | received his first camera at the age of 14 | started to photograph his home city (Palermo) and rural areas of Sicily | studied Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (NY, USA) | author of several books, including Passing Through (Rome: Peliti Associati, 1992), Bazan Cuba (Brooklyn, NY: Bazan Photos Publishing, 2008), Island (Brooklyn, NY: Bazan Photos Publishing, 2014), and most recently Before You Grow Up (Brooklyn, NY: Bazan Photos Publishing, 2017) | winner of the W. Eugene Smith Grant, Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize and World Press Photo | his works have been exhibited internationally and published by numerous magazines, including doc! photo magazine (FotoArt Festival 2015 edition) | runs his own photographic workshops (since 2002).
Ernesto Bazan – CUBAN TRILOGY
@ Fort Institute of Photography (99 Racławicka St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: March 16 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between March 17 and May 6, 2018
- workshops with Ernesto Bazan and Tomasz Tomaszewski (doc! #21): March 17-18, 2018 (for registered participants only)
The Ernesto Bazan exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.