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Cuba Photography Missions : Where are you from?

Cuba Photography Missions - Where are you from?

Cuba Photography Missions - Where are you from?Cuba Photography Missions: Where are you from?
Edited by Ossain Raggi González and Simon Roberts
English, Spanish

Photographs by Bert Danckaert, Ulla Deventer and Ricardo Elías.
Text by Alison Nordström


125 Pages
205 x 270 mm
ISBN 9789464363067



Like photography itself, the Cuba Photography Missions is slippery, complex and multi-layered. It is self-defined as a project in documentary photography; it is a collaborative international exchange among institutions and artists; it is an educational initiative; it has resulted in art. As someone whose knowledge of Cuba comes, in part, from direct experience of the place and more from photographs of it, it has been my pleasure to take part in this effort, adding some historical context as well as a personal perspective.

Towards, the end of this project, in the beginning of 2020, I took part in a symposium about it in Havana just before we all locked down. Now, a year later, I am writing for the catalogue. It’s dark March in Cambridge; Cuba and the person I was when I went there seem very far away. As usual I turn to photographs and the ideas around them, hoping to figure out how I know what I do about Cuba and how that relates to documentary ideas and ideals.

About the Editors
Ossain Raggi González is a photo-based artist and professor living and working in La Habana, Cuba. In addition to his own artistic work, since 1997, has been active as a highly committed professor of photography at the Cuban University of Arts (ISA). He is currently Head of Photography Department and chairman of the admissions jury of the Visual Arts Faculty.

Simon Roberts (b.1974) is a visual artist based in Brighton, UK. Widely recognised for his large-format, tableaux photographs of the British landscape, his practice also encompasses video, text and installation work, which together, interrogate notions of identity and belonging, and the complex relationship between history, place and culture.

About the Publisher
Stockmans Art Books publishes painting, film, photograph, dance, theatre and opera, architecture or sculpting, fashion and fabric books. Stockmans’ foundation lies in the tradition of the printer-publishers, perfectly embodied by Plantin-Moretus.Inspired by their love of paper, language and typography, design, powerful colours, the smell of ink, and printing technology and its innovations. Their experience is based in a family tradition since 1875 and focus on the creation and production of art books and calendars.

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