“Dormir con. . .” [Sleeping with. . .] is a new art exhibition by photographers Carlos Otero and Enrique Rottenberg, on view from November 4 to December4, 2010, at Fototeca de Cuba, located at 307 Mercaderes Street, at Plaza Vieja in Havana, Cuba.
The photographers—Cuban photographer Carlos Otero and Israeli filmmaker and writer Enrique Rottenberg—traveled across Cuba from end to end—taking photos in over 700 Cuban homes, where families allowed them access to their bedrooms—and emerged with an “intimate history of the nation.” Rafael Acosta de Arriba presented the exhibition at the opening, describing it as “A journey inwards, to the interior of the nature of our national being.”
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo (Diario de Cuba) offers a political reading of the exhibition in his “La historia de Cuba contada por las camas” [The History of Cuba as Told by its Beds]. He describes: “Nietzsche requested to see people asleep in order to get a glimpse of their true nature. Photographers Carlos Otero and Enrique Rottenberg are satisfied with empty beds, beds alone, as landscapes of a country, without the protagonists of lost plans and ongoing nightmares.”
[Many thanks to Jossianna Arroyo for bringing this item to our attention.]
For a description of the exhibition (in Spanish), see http://reformacom.typepad.com/postales/
For full review (in Spanish), see http://www.diariodecuba.com/cultura/1615-la-historia-de-cuba-contada-por-sus-camas