Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Art at Watson Presents Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo: Habaniroshima, mon amour

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 –
Friday, January 30, 2015

Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Watson Institute, 3rd Floor

A collection of surreal, irony-laden photos and brief texts from his native city, Havana, all conceived by Cuban writer, free-lance photographer, and pioneering blogger and dissident social activist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo. A diary of dystopia —unexpected fusion of images and words— that brings us closer to Havana’s scaffolded and crumbling facades, ramshackle waterfronts, and teeming human bodies. In this photo exhibition, as marvelous and bleak as Havana itself, from sly humor to abstract beauty, the author guides us through the relics and fables of an exhausted Revolution in the waning days of Castro’s Cuba. Cuban renowned blogger Yoani Sanchez has stated that "it is difficult to live the Cuban reality, but if you attempt to do so while also narrating and placing it in images, the process is as painful as it is enlightening. Pardo Lazo has experienced that pain and transmits it to us now in words and photos."

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