Photography Exhibition: Roberto Chile’s “Somos”


Renowned Cuban artist and documentary filmmaker Roberto Chile’s photographic exhibition, “Somos,” opened on June 10, 2016, at the Cuban Art Space Gallery (at the Center for Cuban Studies) in New York. The exhibition will run through July 10. The exhibition consists of 40 images in color and in black and white, captured by the artist between 2010 and 2015 in different regions of the island.

According to the curators, Chile “dignifies common men with a special mastery and sensitivity, leaving the audience dazzled with images that reveal small life stories of people who live in Guanabacoa and other Cuban regions, destinations for black slaves on the island, and are today settlements of successive generations of people who work, study, love, suffer and dream with passion and courage in today’s Cuba.”

Roberto Chile is a photographer, filmmaker, and a curator of Cuban art. His work as a documentary maker was closely linked to the work of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. Chile has documented and filmed the work and political life of the Cuban leader for many years. From 1984 to 2006, Chile accompanied Fidel as his personal cameraman. He made the documentary “Desafio,” on the U.S. blockade against Cuba and is a member of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists.

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