At Cuba Pavilion, Art and Poetry by Antonio Guerrero

On February 9, 2011, paintings by one of The Cuban Five, Antonio Guerrero, were unveiled in the Cuba Pavilion, an area devoted to youth as part of the 20th edition of Havana’s International Book Fair, which opened on February 10 and will continue through February 20, 2011.

Radio Rebelde reports that the exhibition “Aves por la unidad” (Birds for Unity) is composed of 43 drawings of birds indigenous to Latin American countries, “among them the national birds of the countries that are members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), to the cultures of which the 2011 edition of the Fair is dedicated.”

The Pavilion was visited by relatives of The Cuban Five, political prisoners in the United States. René González, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González and Antonio Guerrero have been incarcerated since 1998.

Graciela Rodríguez, president of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five, suggested taking this exhibition to each ALBA member nation “and to the remaining Latin American countries, thus carrying the spirit of solidarity, unity and freedom these paintings inspire.” Rodríguez read the poem “En mi Soledad” [In My Solitude], by Antonio Guerrero, who has shown that culture, justice and truth cannot be silenced with prison. She explained that painting and writing are cause for inspiration for Antonio, through which he can feel free, out of prison.

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