‘Faces of Fire’ Exposition in Havana

Photo Feature by Jorge Luis Baños / IPS

The work of photographer Onel Torres Roche. Photo: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS

HAVANA TIMES, Nov. 9 — “Rostros del Fuego (Faces of Fire) is the title of a one person exhibit of the work of photographer Onel Torres Roche, on display at the Fernando Boada Art Gallery in Havana’s Cotorro municipality.

The exhibit consists of twenty photos taken during the celebration of the “Fiesta of Fire,” also known as the “Caribbean Festival.”  The celebration has been held for more than thirty years in the eastern part of the country and is one of the best visible contributions of groups that carry on popular cultural traditions of this Spanish, English and French-speaking region.

The analog photographs of lush chromatics, composition and atmosphere reflect groups of practitioners of Santeria, Palo Monte, voodoo—all of Cuban variations—that marked the origin of these festivities.

“Faces of Fire” is the collective accomplishment of the MirarteDIAadia project, displayed by Torres Roche to pay homage to the “Year of Peoples of African Descent” and their contributions to Cuban culture.

(Information taken from the program notes written by the exhibit curator, Dianeris Calderon Tartabull)

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