"La Habana Te Llama - Havana Is Calling You"
August 1 - September 5, 2016 at David Garten Photo,
4412 Main St, Rt 100, Waitsfield Vermont
Opening Reception Saturday, August 6, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Photographer David Garten follows last summer’s 20-year retrospective of Cuba photography with 25 new photos from his four post-normalization trips to Cuba in December 2015, and April, May and June 2016.
“Normalization is not normalcy,” says Garten. “Cuba is undergoing tremendous domestic changes, against a backdrop of 56 years of revolutionary entropy exacerbated by American antagonism. Now that Cuban-American relations are seeing dynamic changes as well, the atmosphere in Havana is one of hope mixed with restless uncertainty.”
Garten’s photographic investigations attempt to read between the lines. Having traveled frequently to Havana since 1994, he has acquired a lot of experience in the community, reflected in his images of daily life both in homes and on the street. He also has strong ties to the performing arts world, manifest in photos of music and dance. Add in a touch of what Garten likes to call “op-ed photography,” images of cultural observation laden with metaphorical commentary, and you will find what he hopes is a thought-provoking view of Havana today. According to Garten, "Cubans inhale frustration and exhale style. My heart thinks I live there."
In preparation for this exhibition, Garten has transformed his workspace into a clean, spare gallery environment, transitioning “from flea market to Zen.” Twenty-five wide-format prints on Tyvek® (used in construction as housewrap), from 24 x 30 to 40 x 60 inches are on display.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 3:00 - 6:00 PM or by appointment - call (802) 496-5516
Parking: In the parking lot just north of the gallery, or behind the Bridge St Marketplace
Open Labor Day, September 5
A Vermont Festival of the Arts Event