Men, women, and black subjects in Cuba have gone through economic and social segregation, been denied their identities by colonial domination and experienced ethnic erasure, struggling to keep their cultures, knowledge, and subjectivities alive. El pasado mío embraces that legacy, speaking of that unhealed wound across time, reincarnated in current racism, where the markings of discrimination are remade repeatedly on the skins of those who have still not escaped from their marginality.
In the current Cuban environment, inequalities are reproduced on Afro-descendant groups who have not been able to emancipate themselves from their borders within which they have been denied the real capacity for social mobility and faced the growing gap of inequality. In this sense, the exhibition makes silenced voices and processes visible so that the present, always made with threads of the past, is illuminated and embraces its children.
The exhibition El pasado mío opened on September 16th and runs through December 21, 2022, at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center, United States.
Elizabeth Pozo Rubio holds a degree in Art History from the University of Havana. She writes and researches on Cuban art. She is currently completing a Masters in Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Buenos Aires.
Translation: Sara Hanaburgh