One of the most fascinating exhibitions of Afro-Cuban art is now on display at the MOA until November 2. A compelling retrospective incorporating the many factors of race and history that make Cuba the rich cultural country it is today. Fascinating interplay between art, history and humanity are evident in almost every work on display. Alexis Esquivel encapsulates an entire world history in one painting, featuring Fidel Castro in conversation with Jimmy Carter, as Barack Obama strolls by in the background. Another presentation by Jose Angel Vincench Barrera is almost a play on words, using the writings of a variety of Cubans on plain white jute, stretched onto round canvases, then encased in shadow boxes. In the picture shown Yoan Capote provides an unique perspective in his fragrant visual display of various noses, with a unique scent inside each set of nostrils.
Without Masks continues to November 2, 2014
Museum of Anthropology, University of B.C., 6393 N.W. Marine Drive. www.moa.ubc.ca