Art Defending the Environment
By Irina Echarry, Photos: Caridad
HAVANA TIMES, Feb. 17 – Nancy is a guard at the Alejandro de Humboldt Museum-Home, located in Old Havana. A few days ago she came into contact with photos by Maribel Longueira, a Spanish photographer whose work is on exhibit at the museum. Now Nancy is both protecting the work and promoting it.
She gladly explains what the expo consists of. “They’re photos on photos, and there are always faces with intervening objects that help you to understand that those objects have lives too,” she explains in a sweet voice to visitors there to see the exhibit “Gente del Medio” (People of the Environment).
“This piece is fantastic. It’s of a butterfly. Look at its look… there under its wings. And the fire is truly captivating. Those eyes seem be jumping out of the flames at the same time. One might think they were there before, so they aren’t surprised by the fire.” Nancy shares her opinions and at the same time comments that “the artist is also very good person, very pleasant.”
The exhibit seeks to establish a connection between human beings and the environment, that’s why in the faces are always impressions of some other element, be it earth, glass, flowers, the skeleton of some little animal or an insect.
The well selected colors, the clarity and beauty of the images, along with the positive energy in the museum, make the photographs wake up in each spectator the desire to survive, to take care of the environment and assume human responsibility for it.
All of that is evoked by the exhibition, and Nancy knows it. That’s why she’ll continue promoting “Gente del medio” until March 5.
With her sweet voice, she will keep interpreting the works on exhibit —photo by photo— encouraging the public to return.
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