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THE IDEA OF CUBA
Alex Harris

Traveling Exhibition Information

Bastienne Schmidt

EXHIBITION SPECIFICATIONS


Presentation
Fifty-six (56) images (plus 3 by Walker Evans), matted. All flat prints are presented in black metal anodized frames with Plexiglass glazing. Frames are not wired. Variable sizes (see checklist for details, available upon request). Digital text panel files are available.

Required Space
Two Hundred and Forty to Three Hundred (240-300) linear feet.

Loan Fee
A moderate loan fee applies to this exhibition and is based on the loan period requested. Please contact the museum for details. The participating institution will be required to pay insurance and two-way shipping costs.

Loan Period
6-10 weeks

Insurance
All tour venues will be contractually required to carry appropriate and adequate wall-to-wall insurance coverage and to provide suitable documentation of such prior to shipment to that venue.

Shipping
The Exhibition Coordinator of the Southeast Museum of Photography will coordinate all shipping arrangements.

Security
Security, environmental and fire systems required. Facility report must be provided.

Itinerary
The exhibition will be available through 2012.

Publication
The Idea of Cuba - Photographs and Text by Alex Harris, with an essay by Lillian Guerra (Yale University) was published by the University of New Mexico Press in association with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in the fall of 2007.

Contact
Juliana Romnes, Exhibition Coordinator. romnesj@DaytonaState.edu or phone (386) 506-3350.
Southeast Museum of Photography, 1200 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114
   
This remarkable journey into contemporary Cuba by photographer and writer Alex Harris is at once a powerful and mysterious evocation of life on the island and at the same time an original meditation on the nature of documentary photography. On each trip to Cuba, Harris chose a different camera, a new theme, and a distinct approach to peer deeper into the fabric of Cuban society and to show us the sides of Cuba that outsiders rarely see.

Like his mentor, Walker Evans, who photographed Cuba in 1933 at a pivotal political moment, Harris arrived at a crossroads in Cuban history. Well known for his extensive photographic work in the Hispanic Southwest, Alaska, and the American South, Harris made three trips to Cuba to photograph a nation still coming to grips with the economic and social devastation that followed the collapse of the socialist bloc in 1989, a nation beginning to imagine a future without Fidel Castro.

In the foreground of Harris's photographs are some of the archetypes of contemporary Cuban life: the indomitable 1950's American car, the beautiful young woman, and the revered revolutionary hero. Yet Harris recasts these symbols. We don't look at the car, but through it to consider the tangled relationship between Cuba and the United States. His portraits of young women challenge us to consider the nature of our gaze and to see the changing status of Cuban women in relation to Fidel's political survival. The Cuban hero, José Martí, a repeated icon in Harris's photographs, evokes Martí's constant physical and spiritual presence for the Cuban people.

Woman and rooster, October 2003

"I know much more now about Cuba than I did when I made these photographs. But I do not believe that I could now make better pictures. This exhibition is an act of faith in myself as a photographer to discover something in my pictures I didn’t already know or feel, something I wasn’t already looking for." —Alex Harris

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