“Afrodescendientes, Guanabacoa-Cuba,” an exhibit of photos by Cuban Roberto Chile will open on Monday, June 6, at the Guayasamin gallery of the Casa de America center in Madrid, Spain. On display will be 40 black-and-white photographs taken early in 2011 in the Havana’s municipality of Guanabacoa, hence the name of the exhibition.
The exhibition is part of activities for UNESCO’s International Year for People of African Descent.
Founded as a settlement on June 12 of 1554 by Havana’s Town Council, and nearly two centuries later officially established as a village with the disappearance of natives, Guanabacoa was home to African slaves that were brought to Cuba to work on sugar cane plantations.
The exhibition, whose curator is Spanish Juan Carlos Moya, will be presented in Cuba on September 23 at the Fototeca de Cuba, in Havana, and on October 20 –Day of the Cuban Culture-¬ at the Liceo de Guanabacoa cultural center.
The exhibition was organized as an initiative by Roberto Chile and Gabriel Navarrete, Culture and International Cooperation president of Madrid’s municipality of Getafe, which is twinned with Guanabacoa.